I am not old enough to remember when MTV was exclusively reserved for music. Long before the reality TV explosion, the “M” in “MTV” was the central part of its brand. CMT used to play music videos too, which I watched a lot of. I do remember Fuse’s heyday, though. Remember Fuse? Oh sweet, sweet pop-punk sounds of my youth.
Recently, music videos aren’t the talking points they used to be (especially in country music). For every “Lemonade,” “This Is America,” or the “emotion picture” of Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer,” there’s a hundred mass-produced music videos that you forget about the minute you’re done watching.
However, something that will always make people come back and watch: familiar locations. It’s why I paid money in 2015 to see Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha,” just to see the section of Hawai’i I used to live immortalized on film.
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At a more local level, it’s why many Austinites watch music videos that were filmed right here in the Live Music Capital of the World.
But just how many music videos were filmed in the Austin area? We sought out the best we could find. Keep reading for an exhaustive (but not comprehensive) list.
If you have a favorite music video set in Austin, let us know and we’ll add it to the list!
“Rock the Casbah,” The Clash — Old Austin galore. There’s The Posse at 24th & Guadalupe, the Alamo Hotel, the Burger King on the Drag, the gas station across from Oat Willie’s on 29th, the old City Coliseum...
“The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire — Lots of Austin suburbs (natch) and some far-off city shots.
“Sister Jack,” Spoon — Downtown skyline
“She Left Me For Jesus,” Hayes Carll — South Congress
“Catatonic,” ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead — Downtown, Capitol, 6th Street, Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, others
“Lovin’ You is Fun,” Easton Corbin — Pig Vicious food truck, a record store (maybe End of an Ear?) Plus it was filmed during SXSW 2012.
“On the Way Down,” Ryan Cabrera — Downtown, 6th Street, Shakespeare’s, etc.
“Pancho and Lefty,” Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson — Texas Hill Country, Hotel Alamo
“Still Into You,” Paramore — The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs
“Left Hand Free,” alt-J — The Guadalupe River
“Blue,” LeAnn Rimes — Barton Springs pool throwback