The Rembrandts

Greatest Hits

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Greatest Hits Review

by James Christopher Monger

The Rembrandts' Danny Wilde and Phil Solem may have provided the world with one of the most excruciatingly catchy theme songs in the history of television ("I'll Be There for You"), but the Los Angeles-based duo were capable of writing some top-notch adult alternative/jangle pop as well. This excellent overview from Rhino features 20 original cuts -- do not confuse this Greatest Hits collection with 2005's re-recorded Choice Picks anthology -- including two culled from their original incarnation as Great Buildings. While the group did actually exist before Friends -- their 1990 debut boasted the Top 20 smash "Just the Way It Is, Baby" -- it took a sitcom about a bunch of New York City twentysomethings to give the band a place in popular culture. "I'll Be There for You" was originally a 45-second soundbite attributed to five co-writers, and it wasn't until a Nashville DJ looped the cut into a three-minute song -- prompting a flurry of requests -- that the studio asked the duo to record an extended version. What followed was both an albatross and a blessing, providing the group with a sizable income but hindering their attempts at getting anything else across to the public.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Rembrandts feat: Great Buildings 03:45 Amazon
2 The Rembrandts feat: Great Buildings 05:10 Amazon
3 The Rembrandts 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Rembrandts 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Rembrandts 04:44 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Rembrandts 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Rembrandts 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Rembrandts 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Rembrandts 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Rembrandts 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Rembrandts 03:08 Amazon
12 The Rembrandts 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Rembrandts 04:35 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Rembrandts 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Rembrandts 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Rembrandts 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Rembrandts 03:42 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Rembrandts 04:21 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Rembrandts 03:37 Amazon
20 The Rembrandts 03:14 Amazon
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