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  • 編輯:  趙巒   稿源: 國際在線    2005-03-03 16:03:36
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        Even though they became best known for recording "I'll Be There for You," the theme song to the smash NBC sitcom Friends, the Rembrandts were actually rather successful back in 1990 with their self-titled debut album, which produced a Top 20 hit in "Just the Way It Is, Baby."

        The duo of songwriter Danny Wilde and Phil Solem, both originally in the Los Angeles band Great Buildings, forged a Beatle-tinged brand of pop/rock with ringing guitars and fresh harmonies that found favor with radio programmers across the country, as well as Friends co-producer Kevin Bright. The Rembrandts were invited to record a theme song for the show, which they completed in three days; after the show became a hit, radio demand for a full-length version was overwhelming, and one was added to 1995's LP at the last minute.

        While the song was an instant radio smash, topping Billboard's airplay chart for eight weeks, it was never released as a retail single, which makes its overall chart peak of number 17 somewhat deceptive. LP, meanwhile, went platinum. The band followed in 1998 with Spin This, this time under the name Danny Wilde and the Rembrandts. The new millennium, and five years after their biggest hit, Wilde and Solem picked things up where they left off for a classic, and rejuvenated rock sound on 2001's Lost Together.

        The thing that brought the Rembrandts cash by the boatload also did little to help their career: that dang cute and oh-so irrepressible theme song from Friends, "I'll Be There for You", pretty much blotted out all the other music the band had composed, essentially ensuring that songwriters Danny Wilde and Phil Solem wouldn't be taken seriously again by discerning music fans. This was an unfortunate turn of events, because the duo's warm and optimistic Power Pop doesn't always descend to bubblegum depths. Their current recordings are marked by tight arrangements and craftsmanlike construction.

       “沒有人告訴你,生活會是這樣”,然後是標誌性的啪啪四記鼓掌……每一集的《老友記》,在聽過第一段幽默的對話後,我們就可以迎來名為《為你,我會在那堙n的主題曲。瑯瑯上口的旋律,簡單的節奏,意味深長的歌詞,這首短短四十二秒的主題歌隨著《老友記》的走紅在排行榜上迅速攀升,連續八周雄踞公告牌電臺播放榜頭名,此前籍籍無名的演唱樂團“倫勃朗” the Rembrandts也一曲成名。

        這首由 Michael Skloff 作曲、Allee Willis 作詞的歌曲原本是為邁克爾·斯蒂普和納塔利·麥錢特度身定做的,但這兩名歌手拒絕出演。於是,劇組想到了由兩名喜歡穿黑衣、戴墨鏡的歌手丹尼·懷爾德 (Danny Wilde)和菲爾·索利姆(Phil Solem)組成的“倫勃朗”樂團。樂界普遍認為,這兩個人有類似約翰·列儂和喬治·麥卡特尼般的和諧聲音。

        Danny Wilde 和 Phil Solem都是在1956年出生,成長在搖滾黃金年代。1976年兩人在洛杉磯的一個歌舞酒店堿袺恁A到拍攝《老友記》主題曲時已經整整相識了十八年。兩個人直到1990年才成立了“倫勃朗”,這個名字借用自一位十七世紀荷蘭的偉大畫家,只是在倫勃朗的名字後面加了一個表示複數的-s。

        在《為你,我會在那堙n I'll Be There for You 之前,他們最成功的單曲是《寶貝,就是這樣子的》Just the Way It Is, Baby,但並非是很熱門的歌曲。電臺的DJ立即注意到了 I'll Be There For You 這首好聽的歌曲,他們把它從電視上錄下來,在廣播堣炴_播放,並想辦法湊夠三分鐘的單曲長度。此時,“倫勃朗”的第三張CD《密紋唱片》正在進行最後的壓制工作,一首單曲已經被作為主推曲目送到了電臺,但敏感地嗅到了金錢氣味的唱片公司決定在已經非常擁擠的CD里加入第十五首歌曲《為你,我會在那堙n。最後,這張CD成為了白金唱片。

        不過,輝煌的高峰曇花一現,“倫勃朗”為主流音樂欣賞卻使他們失去了原來的歌迷。過度頻繁的播放使得歌迷終于厭倦了,甚至邀請《老友記》六名主演一起出演的MTV也沒有能夠挽回頹勢,“倫勃朗”兩名歌手的生涯迅即走上了下坡路。他們甚至一度分手單飛。

        到2001年,兩人又重新複合,並灌制了一張名為《一起消失》的唱片,但兩人的魔力顯然就隨著《為你,我會在那堙n已經消失了。懷爾德對錄製《老友記》主題曲並不後悔。他說:“我不能左右世界上其他人的想法……我對這首歌並不感到羞愧,它把我們放入了歷史。”

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