The Rembrandts Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Years Active: 1990–1996, 2000–present
Genres: Pop Rock, Adult Alternative, Rock, Power Pop, Jangle Pop


The Rembrandts are an American pop and rock duo formed by Phil Solem and Danny Wilde in 1989. Solem and Wilde had previously worked together as members of the group Great Buildings in the early eighties, releasing one critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful album in 1981. The Rembrandts are best known for their song “I'll Be There for You,” which was used as the theme song for the internationally successful television sitcom Friends. Both Phil Solem and Danny Wilde were well regarded in the music industry before forming The Rembrandts. Wilde was a member of 1970s cult recording act The Quick, and had released several mildly successful solo albums in the 1980s.

The Rembrandts began recording in Wilde's home studio in 1989 and subsequently released their self-titled album that same year. In 1990 the group had their first chart success with “Just the Way It Is, Baby” reaching #14 on the Billboard singles chart. The album itself reached #88 on the album charts. Their follow up album in1992, featured the minor hit singles, “Johnny Have You Seen Her” and “Chase the Clouds Away”, while the track, “Rollin' Down The Hill,” featured in the film Dumb and Dumber.

Best known for “I'll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for several weeks before the single was released which finally reached #17 on the U.S. Billboard charts, #3 and #5 on the U.K. chart in 1995 and 1997. The world-wide success of Friends resulted in a greater awareness of the band, and boosted sales of their albums. 1997 saw the group split up with Solem and Wilde pursuing solo careers although an album was released in 1998 called “Spin This” which was credited to “Danny Wilde + The Rembrandts”. The Rembrandts reunited in 2000 and released “Lost Together” in 2001. In 2005 the album “Choice Picks” was released featuring mostly re-recorded songs. Solem and Wilde continue to work together and produce other projects.


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