Following the success of Dan Hartman’s two disco-oriented albums Instant Replay and Relight My Fire, from 1978 and 1979 respectively, as well as their singles, Hartman had moved away from the disco scene with a more melodic pop-rock sound with the 1981 album It Hurts to Be in Love. However the album was not a commercial success, and its three singles only became minor chart hits. I Can Dream About You was Hartman’s debut album for the MCA Records label, and marked the first album to feature Hartman’s longtime songwriting partner Charlie Midnight, who he would continue to write with throughout the rest of the decade.
I Can Dream About You peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200, where it lasted 28 weeks within the chart in total.It peaked at #91 in Canada, lasting within the Top 100 for six weeks.The album spawned four singles in total. The title track became Hartman’s biggest hit, also appearing on the soundtrack to the 1984 film Streets of Fire.The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“We Are the Young” followed as the second single and peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, whilst also topping the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.
The legendary Larry Levan provided the remixes for the 12″ single release.
We Are The Young (Club Version) 6:52
We Are The Young (Instrumental Version) 6:52
We Are The Young (LP Version) 4:19
Daniel Earl “Dan” Hartman (December 8, 1950—March 22, 1994) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for such songs as: “Free Ride”, “I Can Dream About You”, “Instant Replay”, “Love Sensation”, and “Relight My Fire”, all of which had world-wide success.
“I Can Dream About You” 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 movie was Winston Ford, but Hartman’s version was the one used on the soundtrack and released as a single.In a Songfacts interview with the film’s 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 don’t know what happened next, but I know that he took that guy’s voice off and he put his own on, and he had a hit with it. Hollywood is a very slippery place.”
“I Can Dream About You” was released in 1984 as a single from the soundtrack, and included on Hartman’s album I Can Dream About You, it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2006, the song appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
I Can Dream About You (Larry Levan Remix) 5:56
I Can Dream About You (Jellybean Remix) 7:31