By the time they came together as the Rembrandts, band members Danny Wilde and Phil Solem were already well-established artists. Wilde first tasted success in the mid-1970s as a member of the cult power pop combo, The Quick, later joining Solem in the critically acclaimed New Wave outfit, Great Buildings. The two musicians reunited in 1989 and quickly scored with the top 20 hit, “Just The Way It Is, Baby.”
In 1994, the Rembrandts’ performance of “I’ll Be There For You” was featured as the theme song for the smash NBC sitcom, Friends. The song began getting major national airplay, forcing Wilde and Solem to record a full-length version for inclusion on their 1995 EastWest release, L.P. While not initially released as a single, “I’ll Be There for You” went on to become one of 1995’s biggest hits, topping Billboard’s “Hot 100 Airplay” chart for eight weeks. In addition, L.P. received platinum certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 1 million units.
The Grammy Award-nominated duo parted ways in 1997 but soon reconvened to record a number of further Rembrandts albums. On his own, Wilde is an in-demand songwriter and producer, working with such up-and-coming young bands as Plain White T’s and Evan & Jaron.