Before We Were Friends

Oh shit, Friend Bear! I don’t think you want to be buddies with that Snuggle creep!

Happy Memorial Day to all of The Nest’s millions thousands hundreds dozens handful of readers out there!  While you may have had these last three days off, I’ve been tirelessly working to make sure the store is stocked with all the supplies you could possibly need to honor the true spirit of the holiday….. which like any other American holiday is apparently to party, grill up some critters, and get shitfaced drunk.  And never fear, because the staff here never gets a Monday off from firing up another lost classic song on that barbecue grill of burned out coals we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s only halfway through her six pack of Bud Light, so she should still be sober enough to queue up this week’s oldie, while the Sponkies get to work on their summer vacation plans before the boredom sets in.  Thanks to the men and women who have fought to keep this country free, you can listen to great music like this…

Danny Wilde and Phil Solem make up the early 90’s rock duo that called themselves The Rembrandts.  If you’re familiar with that group’s name, it’s almost certainly because of the fact that their best known hit became the theme song to one of the more popular TV sitcoms of my generation.  And no, I’m not talking about “Cop Rock”…

I’ll be there for you….

“I’ll Be There For You” became an international smash that is still a part of radio station playlists these days because it’s been heard on television almost daily for the past twenty years as the theme song for the show Friends.  It reached #17 on the US pop charts in 1995, and you’d be somewhat forgiven if that NBC earworm is the only reason you were even aware of the band named after the toothpaste Dutch artiste.  This, of course, is the lead in to where the DVA educates you about their song that got lost in the shadows of six Gen X losers…

Not these six losers… that was a different Rembrandt.

Five years before Friends, The Rembrandts released their self-titled debut album that churned out their only other Top 40 single… and topping out at #14, it’s actually and officially their biggest hit!  But one that almost never gets played anymore, and well off the radar of all friends of good music.  Here is the more slow tempo-ed, but much superior in my opinion, 1990 song “Just The Way It Is Baby”…

If not for this song being a Mecca earworm in the early to mid 2000’s, I might never have even known of its existence.  While everyone else thinks of The Rembrandts as that Friends group… I’ll always remember them for this lovely tune.  And that’s just the way it is, baby….

Now I’m picturing Telly Savalis singing this song…

Come back next Monday for another lost song that I will not allow to be forgotten…


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26 Responses to Before We Were Friends

  1. yes… that’s the way it is… and that is sure a gem of muzak!!! happy memorial day to you

  2. I always REALLY liked that song. It’s got great lyrics and tune and while I loved “Friends” their theme song by Rembrandts was too frantic for me. Yeah I know I’m in a minority there but I’m used to that! But this song – I will KEEP this earworm going all day thanks to you.

    Happy Memorial Day and thanks for keeping Meeca full to the brim with “stuff” for the holiday!

  3. DJ Scratchy’s done it again, great song. I wasn’t into those “Friends”, their portrayal of living in a New York apartment (they probs couldn’t afford) while struggling with jobs, relationships and such was so unrealistic. I don’t even watch reruns it’s so annoying.

    • I never watched the show… not my thing at all. I grew up on all the old reruns of the 50’s through 70’s, and none of those Friends slackers would have cut it back in Archie’s day…

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh yeah! I remember this song…so good! I love the Friends song and hear it every day as we watch that show all the time. Hadn’t known this group had this song, too. Thanks so much for sharing it today. 🙂

  5. crimsonowl63 says:

    I know a little of the Friends song even though I didn’t watch the show. I don’t remember hearing this one, but it’s not really to my taste.
    I do like some slower songs. I will admit most are from the 70s or earlier, but I like some more modern ones. Not this one though.
    Always cool to try out a new song though.

  6. draliman says:

    Very nice! I particularly like the guitar part accompanying them.

  7. franhunne4u says:

    Three days off? I wish … I have been busy with European Parliament elections … Had to fetch the list of voters for my poll station, had to keep the voting going, had to count the votes afterwards … No day off for this reader.

    • Only for the privileged masses. I worked each and every night of the three day weekend… as I generally do for all three day weekends since holidays almost never fall on my Wednesdays and Thursdays off…

  8. I do remember that song but had no idea it was the Friends’ theme song guys! Thanks for providing a neat song and some interesting info today.

  9. You don’t believe what I saw today, or maybe you do. A huge unicorn inflatable boat for six adults. You know that German market chain Lidl, they sell them.

    • That is kinda like the giant unicorn inflatable island my neighbors had last year that I showed the picture of… it was looking into my backyard all summer. I can remember a day when someone would have thought that was a giant sea monster that needed to be destroyed…

  10. And isn’t it great that now they sponsor toothpaste? It’s important to be able to move forward with your career 😀

    • You should always branch out just in case one career path stalls out. Though I’d bet the royalties they get off “Friends” will keep them out of the poorhouse for life…

  11. Oh wow. I didn’t know that was The Rembrandts. That is such a soft low key fuck-off song. No wonder she left him. The guys need to grow a pair (or a couple of pairs.) But hey, they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Friends forever.

  12. Trisha says:

    I remember this song but I had no idea it was by the same group as the Friends theme song. They sound nothing alike!

    • Nothing at all. While that theme song set them up for life, I kinda wish they’d have just been a OHW for this song… it might’ve not had to sign up for a DVA handout.

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