Just The Way It Is, Baby – The Rembrandts | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#14); 1991

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Danny Wilde’s recording career began as a founding member of L.A.’s The Quick, which released their first and only album Mondo Deco in 1976. Danny and Phil Solem shared their love of edgy power pop in the L.A. band Great Buildings on the group’s one album in 1981. The two then their went separate ways. Danny pursued some solo projects before joining forces with Phil again in 1990, this time as The Rembrandts. After years of banging around the music business, fame finally found them when Just The Way It Is, Baby – sporting a much more mellow sound than their earlier work – became a Top 20 hit in 1991. Baby was eventually overshadowed when Danny and Phil helped write and then recorded the theme song for the hit television show “Friends.”

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • The Rembrandts

Lyrics Written by:

  • Phil Solem
  • Danny Wilde