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Dreaming about Dan Hartman is only second nature

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April

In today's culture of overreactions, snide comments and escalation of violence, it's sometimes hard to stomach social media, the internet and everyday life - but in the '80s things were not always so volatile. Being a nice person isn't always easy, but with some guidance from Dan Hartman, being civil can be Second Nature.

Dan Hartman may be best known for I Can Dream About You but his resume is much more than that. Hartman tallied four solo Top 40 hits in his career, but his earliest chart appearance may surprise you as the singer (and songwriter) on the classic rock staple Free Ride by the Edgar Winter Group. His last Top 40 hit was in 1985 when Second Nature reached No. 39 on the charts.

The video for Second Nature starts off a farmer's watermelon truck losing its cargo while dodging a pedestrian. Before things escalate to violence, Dan Hartman steps in with song to remind us how being civil can be as natural as being full of hate. Besides one of the vintage '80s style statements including one of the most busy sweaters ever worn in an video, the cast of the Second Nature video includes 120 smashed watermelons, chickens, nuns, the homeless, the marching band from Pierce High School and the Jefferson High football team - both from L.A.

Just when it looked like Hartman was on top of the world, his next album was rejected by MCA for being too edgy. He recorded one more album of instrumental new age music in 1989 that was ignored by the buying public and in 1994, Hartman died of a brain tumor.     

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:05am]

    

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