Found: Janet Jackson on Muni Metro

 A few weeks back, I came to the horrifying startling realization that the music video for Third Eye Blind’s seminal nineties classic, “Semi-Charmed Life” was shot in the Mission. Today it comes to my attention that the trains in the music video for Janet Jackson’s “All For You” look exactly like Muni Metro trains! 

So, it would seem that I have a gift for discovering pieces of San Francisco-related ephemera within pop music videos from the late nineties and early 2000s. I guess it does pay off to indulge one’s semi-embarrassing musical hankerings on YouTube. Does this mean it’s okay to openly appreciate the musical stylings of Janet Jackson and Third Eye Blind? If not the music itself, I think we can agree that the incredibly precise synchronized choreography (in Janet’s case) deserves some serious praise.

Comments (5)

Not sure those are Muni’s Breda LRVs there, they don’t look *quite* right. The windows are too small or something.

Now if there was a section of the song where Janet yelled out “Inbound trains: one car, Embarcadero, in seven minutes” then you might have me convinced. But I’m not watching this with the volume turned up. No way.

In any event, there is a music video (sort of) that’s filmed on a Muni Metro train:

I hate to disillusion you, but I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to a shout out to the Metro Red Line in LA:

In any case, I fully appreciate your late nineties/early 2000s musical sensibilities. On another note, I found myself listening to Take a Picture by Filter the other day……

I’ve never been to LA; did not know there was such a thing as public transportation down there. It does show the Hollywood sign later in the video though, which should have tipped me off.

I remember that song! So funny, I was cleaning out my old room at my parents’ house over the weekend and I found my Now 4 CD from like, fifth grade. It has that song by Savage Garden that goes “I knew I loved you before I met you…”, you know, the one we all slow danced to at awkward bar mitzvahs (or proms, depending on how old you are) of yore. I fully love it.

Yeah, it does seem to be rather a mythical thing but supposedly a friend of a friend of mine once rode it. I only came to the LA conclusion since the stop they got off at was Venice and not something SF related.

Haha yes! Savage Garden lyrics seemed so dreamy at age 12 (I was more bar mitzvah-ish aged). I’m not gonna lie, in the recent past I have pre-gamed to Now3. If this ever seems like a good idea, remember to skip the depressing Jewel song in the middle.