Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You

Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You

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I Can Dream About You is a song performed by American singer Dan Hartman on the soundtrack album of the film Streets of Fire. Released in 1984 as a single from the soundtrack, and included on Hartmans album I Can Dream About You, it reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The song first appeared in Streets of Fire, where it was performed by the fictional group The Sorels. The real voice behind the version used in the film was Winston Ford, but Hartmans version was the one used on the soundtrack album and released as a single.[2] In a Songfacts interview with the films musical director, Kenny Vance, he recalled The same guy that sings lead on that and Countdown to Love, a song that I wrote for the film, was a guy working at a Radio Shack (Winston Ford), and I think when you look at the film and The Sorels are singing it live in the movie, that was the version that was supposed to come out, and I recorded that version. But then when Dan Hartman heard it, I dont know what happened next, but I know that he took that guys voice off and he put his own on, and he had a hit with it. Hollywood is a very slippery place.[2][3]

Originally, producer Jimmy Iovine had asked Hartman to write a song for a film he was working on. Hartman was told that the song was going to be sung by four black guys in a concert situation within the film, and Hartman ended up thinking about a demo he made of I Can Dream About You. Hartman then went through some legal maneuvering to get the benefit of his breakthrough. The use of the song in the film being performed by actors did not feature Hartman on vocals but a studio singer. After some contract negotiating, Hartman insisted he sing the song on the soundtrack, and that his version be released if a single were to be issued from the soundtrack album. Additionally, any music video had to feature his own voice using the song. These clauses helped Hartman become an overnight sensation. Both Hartman and Iovine worked on his 1984, same-titled solo album I Can Dream About You, following the songs use in the film. The album would spawn two other Top 40 charting singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 We Are the Young and Second Nature.[4]

According to Daryl Hall, Hartman had initially written the song with Hall & Oates in mind, and offered the song to them to record as their own. Hall & Oates declined, as their new album was about to be released. Later in their career, however, they issued an album of covers called Our Kind of Soul, in 2004, on which they recorded their own version (with changed lyrics) of Hartmans song.[5] When performing the song live in February 2005, Hall revealed before the performance; Heres a song that we did on the new album that we sort of did twenty years late. An old friend our ours, Dan Hartman, wrote this song. I remember back in the day he came up to me and said You know, I have this great song I wrote for you guys. Its you, you know? you have to sing this song. And unfortunately we had just finished an album, we couldnt put it on the album so I said sorry Dan. About six months later I was watching MTV and there it was, and it was a hit for him, God bless him. So here we are twenty years later, I hope hes hearing it, and I hope he enjoys it.[6]

Aside from the two music videos which accompanied the song, Hartman appeared on various American and European TV shows to perform the song once it was released as a single.

On the musical variety show Soul Train, during December 1984, Hartman mimed the song with his touring band, along with We are the Young,[7][8] and later appeared on the show solo in May 1985 to perform both I Can Dream About You and Second Nature alone, but with live vocal.[9][10][11] He also mimed the song on the music-performance program American Bandstand in December 1984, with his touring band.[12] Second Nature was also performed, and both performances aired on the January 12, 1985, episode of the show.[13][14] In November 1984, Hartman and his band performed the song on Late Night with David Letterman, along with We Are the Young.[15][16][17] It was also mimed on the American syndicated half hour television show This Weeks Music, where his name was incorrectly spelt as Harkman.[18]

Within the UK, Hartman performed the song on Top of the Pops, dated August 29, 1985.[19][20] He also mimed the song on Cheggers Plays Pop, dated October 31, 1985.[21]

A tour was also organized to promote the I Can Dream About You album and its singles, and Hartman toured alongside Toto in 1985. It was his first tour in a decade but also his last. The song was performed on this tour.[4]

Music videos
Two music videos accompanied the song. One does not feature Hartman and consists of scenes from Streets of Fire, intercut with footage of the Sorels miming the song as part of a live performance. The lead singer was played by Stoney Jackson, with Grand L. Bush, Mykelti Williamson, and Robert Townsend as backing singers. In the second video, filmed at the Hard Rock in London, Hartman appears as a bartender trying to charm a young woman (played by Joyce Hyser), singing to her as the Sorels performance plays on a TV set hanging above the bar. In a 2010 interview with Hyser for the blog Old School: Back to the 80s, she was asked how she came to feature in the video. She replied, I knew Dans manager and he asked me if I would do it. We shot at the Hard Rock in London. I honestly remember very little about it, but Dan was very nice and I absolutely love that song. I did another music video for ZZ Tops song Pin Cushion which I really like. It was directed by Julian Temple.[22]

While recording a mimed TV performance of the song, Hartman explained why one music video featured actors: The producers and directors of Streets of Fire wanted the best of everything, so they hired the best singers, the best dancers and best actors to play the parts in the film. So the singers in I Can Dream About You who are the Sorels are actually actors, and I wrote and sang this song.[23]

Track listing
7 Single
I Can Dream About You 3:50
Blue Shadows (performed by The Blasters) 3:14
7 Single (American promo release)
I Can Dream About You (Long Solo Version)
I Can Dream About You (Short Solo Version) 3:51
7 Single (Brazilian release)
I Can Dream About You (Versão Solo Longa)
I Can Dream About You (Versão Solo Curta) 3:51
7 Single (1985 UK reissue)
I Can Dream About You (Edited Version) 3:51
Instant Replay 3:25
12 Single (American and Italian release)
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31
I Can Dream About You 4:23
I Can Dream About You (Instrumental) 4:23
12 Single (Australian, Canadian and US #2 release)
I Can Dream About You (Extended Remix) 5:56
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31
12 Single (American promo release)
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31
I Can Dream About You 4:23
I Can Dream About You (Instrumental) 4:23
12 Single (German release)
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31
I Can Dream About You (Extended Remix) 5:56
12 Single (Spanish release)
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31
I Can Dream About You (Instrumental) 4:23
Blue Shadows (performed by The Blasters) 3:14
12 Single (1985 UK release)
I Can Dream About You (Extended Mix) 5:56
I Can Dream About You (7 Version) 3:51
Instant Replay 8:18
12 Single (1985 UK white label promo release)
I Can Dream About You (Extended Mix) 5:56
Instant Replay 8:18
Critical reception
Alex Henderson of Allmusic reviewed the I Can Dream About You album and stated This excellent album finds Hartman showing his enthusiasm for R&B on pop/rock gems that range from the hit title song and the anthemic We Are the Young to the Motown-tinged Name of the Game and the new wave-ish Electricity.[24]

In the Billboard magazine of November 3, 1984, another review of the album was published in the Pop Picks section, which meant that Billboard predicted the album to hit the top half of the chart. The review stated The title track survived the failure of the Streets of Fire motion picture to become a recent top 10 smash. Hartman follows it with an album reflecting the same broad-based pop/rock appeal.[25]

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anonim126 (*.*.61.126) 2019-12-30 19:27:52 0
Wspanialy glos goscia... RIP Dan Odpowiedz
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