How ‘I’ll be there for you’, the title song of ‘Friends’, was born

Just by listening to the first notes we know what song it is about. It does not matter if you have been a fan of the adventures of Joey (Matt LeBlanc), monica (Courtney Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Ross (David Schwimmer); or if you have only seen individual chapters when you have caught them by chance on television. It is listening to the first chords and already knowing that you are at the head of friends.

I’ll be there for you, the main theme of the series, has become an anthem that has been an accomplice to the happiness of millions of viewers who have enjoyed one of the most successful sitcoms in history, whose grand premiere took place on September 22, 1994 .

How did the creation of ‘I’ll be there for you’ come about?

To place ourselves where it all began, we have to move to that year 1994. Kevin S. Brightexecutive producer of friends, I was looking to do something different for the central theme of the series. For this, she chose the song It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) of REM and put it in the header of the pilot, to show what air he wanted the main theme to have.

This montage was sent to Danny Wilde Y PhilSolem, members of the band The Rembrandts, who Bright was a big fan of, to adapt something of that style for the series. “Kevin had it in his head that he didn’t want a publicity writer to write the theme song for the series,” Wilde explained in an interview for buzzfeedwhere he talked about the origin of this song and explained that they had already worked with Kevin on other recordings.

Once the proposal is accepted, The Rembrandts met in the studio with the composers Michael Skloff Y Allee Willis and together they were working on the song for three days.

The hidden version of ‘I’ll be there for you’

In the first moment, I’ll be there for you lasted 45 secondsthe exact length of the header. Charlie Quinnthe director of the radio program Y107 in Nashville, put in loop the fragment until it becomes a three minute song.

Such was the success of the theme on the air that the authors got down to work to record the complete version of the song. and although Danny Wilde Y phil solem they seemed capable of finishing the theme, the series team was so involved that the two artists went back to lock themselves in the studio for the extended version.

“We did a version with a different second verse and a completely different bridge,” Solem explained. “We tried to make it more like the rest of the songs on our album and they didn’t like it because in a certain way it went a bit to the dark side. It never came out, but there is some secret copy floating around“, he confessed.

The protagonists of ‘Friends’ changed the concept of the header

Once the song was ready, the header for the series had to be recorded. Kevin wanted both the musicians and the six leads to appear. Specifically, the initial idea is that Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, Ross Y Joey attended a concert The Rembrandts with a curious purpose. “They were going to walk into one of our concerts and apparently they were going to bring a frozen fish and they were going to use it, like to knock us out“, revealed the musicians.

When the members of The Rembrandts reunited with the cast of friends in the hotel room Jennifer Aniston and they talked about the idea, none of the actors liked the idea to hit them with a frozen fish. At that time, everyone began to propose proposals until they came up with the final one.

In the official video, the protagonists play different instruments, and The Rembrandts confesses that everyone decided to adapt their performance in their own way, even Courtney Coxwho told a drummer to learn how to hit the drumsticks.

“The drummer was hired exclusively to record that take and he was trying to give Courteney some lessons, but she was like ‘Pfft! I can do this.’ got angry with himSolem explained between laughs.

The history of clapping in song

One of the most characteristic things about I’ll be there for you It’s your pats. phil solem explained to buzzfeed that when they finished the song in the studio, no one talked about including a few claps. However, when the final piece was handed to him, there they were.

“Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane—the three executive producers of the series— they wanted to be part of the recording, so they tried the applause part,” Wilde confessed, adding “My God! All they had to do was: (clap, clap, clap, clap). And it didn’t go well until take 25!”

It is significant that Wilde specified that they are four the claps that are heard in the theme, since there has always been confusion between whether there were four or five. In fact, Courtney Coxwho gave life to the unforgettable monicaduring an interview on the program Jimmy Kimmel it gave five palms instead of four. “I saw the show Jimmy Kimmel a couple of weeks ago and Courteney, when she got to that part, and she clapped five,” Wilde explained, assuring that there are four.

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