Just 13 Things You May Not Have Known About The Rembrandts, Baby
25 years ago this month, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem - otherwise known as The Rembrandts - issued their self-titled debut, an effort which provided them with their first hit single, "Just the Way It Is, Baby." In celebration of this anniversary, we checked in with the aforementioned Mr. Solem, had a nice chat, and came up with 13 things which we suspect most of you may not have known about The Rembrandts or their debut album.
1. Although The Rembrandts didn’t release their self-titled debut until 1990, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem – the duo who made up the core of the band – first played together as members of the late ‘70s power pop band Great Buildings.
2. Through one of his other Great Buildings bandmates, Salem ended up with a rather unexpected credit on his discography: playing on an album by Maria Conchita Alonso.
3. Between Great Buildings and The Rembrandts, Solem played on Wilde's debut solo album, 1986's The Boyfriend, but the change in dynamic between them made the musical reunion a temporary one.
4. When they started writing together again, Wilde and Solem weren't thinking in terms of making it big as a band, mostly because they weren't a band.
5. Calling themselves "The Rembrandts" was Wilde's idea, but the name itself was one Solem had already been using...for his backing band!
6. In the credits for The Rembrandts, there's a notation that the album was "recorded & mixed at Dan's Garage." That's not the name of a studio: the whole thing was actually done in Wilde's garage, which also doubled as a guest room for Solem.
7. Drummer Pat Mastelotto, who played on all of the Rembrandts’ major-label releases in some capacity (and even co-wrote a couple of tracks here and there), was a founding member of Mr. Mister.
8. The Rembrandts had a hit with their very first single, "Just the Way It Is, Baby," which made it to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, but its video was even more popular.
9. The band’s second single, “Someone,” might’ve been a bigger hit were it not for The Rembrandts having some Extreme competition on the airwaves.
10. Solem wrote the bulk of “Save Me” and had intended to sing it, but Wilde beat him to the punch.
11. The band filmed the video for "Save Me" under such torrential conditions that they were lucky they didn't need saving themselves.
12. When the band made their debut appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, they shared the bill with George Foreman and shared a couch with a surprise guest.
13. "Just the Way It Is, Baby" received the ultimate sign of mainstream success - getting a Muzak version - and if you think it's weird for you to hear one of your favorite songs turned into Muzak, try being one of the guys who originally sang it.