Friday, June 16, 2017

"We Are the Young" by Dan Hartman

Song#:  2072
Date:  10/06/1984
Debut:  81
Peak:  25
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Pop, Dance

Pop Bits:  Hartman got the biggest hit of his career when a song he did for the film Streets of Fire, "I Can Dream About You," reached #6 on the Pop chart. With a hit under his belt, he quickly got in the studio to record a full album that was titled the same as his hit. With the LP ready to go, this next single was issued. It became a major club hit and got to #1 on the Dance chart, which was his third and last song to do so. Pop responded fairly well and the single found it's way into the Top 30. It even crossed over to R&B for a short period reaching #58. The two songs helped the album sell well and it got to #55 on the chart.

ReduxReview:  This song reached the Top 30, yet I have zero recollection of it. Not even the chorus sounded familiar to me. It has a good hook, but I don't think it is as strong as something like "I Can Dream About You," hence the forgettable aspect. However, it is a well-written and performed tune. It's wrapped up in a lot of 80s flourishes, which dates the song, but the production is solid enough to make it still sound good. It's an overlooked 80s charter.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Hartman wrote this song with Charlie Midnight. Hartman and Midnight met in 1982 and soon became writing partners. Most of the songs on Hartman's I Can Dream About You LP were co-written by the pair. They also wrote songs for other artists including the Grammy-winning "Living in America" by James Brown. Midnight continued to have a successful songwriting career after Hartman's death in 1994. Most recently, Midnight co-wrote the song "I Still Can See Your Face," which was featured on Barbra Streisand's Grammy-nominated 2015 album Partners. It was performed as a duet between Streisand and Andrea Bocelli.


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