Truth Behind the Music Arrangement of ICONIC FRIENDS Theme Song

There is no denying that the show’s popularity is a big part of why this song by The Rembrandts is so popular. People worldwide know the song “I’ll be there for you” from the show “Friends.” Even people who don’t speak English love the song. The upbeat music and catchy lyrics of this song perfectly capture the show’s essence with its positive vibe and fun lyrics.

Buzzfeed News interviewed The Rembrandts in 2014 about how they made the now-famous claps back in the early 90s, but they still loved them.

It took Danny Wilde and Phil Solem three days to record the song with Michael Skloff, who wrote the Friends theme song, and Allee Willis, who was in charge of the show’s music and vibe.

In Solem’s words: After the work was done, they went inside and heard the final mix, which had the now-iconic claps in it. Who came up with that? I didn’t know. He said: “That’s the best part.” That’s not all: He said that the show’s creators wanted to be a part of the recording, so they clapped for the song.

They wanted to be on the record, so they wanted to try out the part where they clapped. Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane wanted to do it. It’s so bad. Everyone had to go (clap, clap, clap, clap). And they said, “Take 25!”

During a talk with Variety in 2020, Michael Skloff talked about the claps. “What seems like something so small became the song’s signature.” It’s hard to know what people think of what you do as an artist, composer, or performer. Make the best decisions you can and hope that it’s good and lasts a long time. In the end, it’s as if it was done by magic. It’s like proof that there’s a higher power or something like that.

Shared by Skloff, he and his sound engineers came up with the idea of adding claps when they got a panicked call from the producers as they were editing the opening credits. They came up with the idea after getting that call. As soon as The Rembrandts’ version came in, they asked for the same thing for four quick cuts. The opening credits had already been edited based on a demo version by Skloff that had a drum fill. Skloff and his team came up with the idea of the claps right away.

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