"When I Think of You" is the third single from Janet Jackson's third studio album, Control (1986). The Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-written and -produced song is about a person who finds relief and fun in a lover. They only need to think of that special person to be content. It is Jackson's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom as well.
The song was also resurrected in 1995 for the U.S. commercial "Runaway" CD single, featuring David Morales' Extended Classic House Mix '95 and a mix by the Heller & Farley Project.
The music video finds Jackson going around a neighborhood. Each location she visits has the same mysterious man that is in different costumes that says a brief statement to her and then vanishes as she turns around. The director of "When I Think of You", Julien Temple, would later direct Jackson's "Alright" video, and both videos have a similar style. "When I Think of You" has only five cuts. The video is quite similar to the opening segment of Temple's 1986 film Absolute Beginners, which stars David Bowie and Sade. The style is that the video is assumed to be one long take, but in fact it is five smaller takes. Although fluid in nature, obvious mistakes can be seen in the edits, especially when she comes out of the back door of the club, and a photographer takes her picture. The flash acts as an edit, but the people in the background are in quite different positions before and after the flash.
The Dance Remix was used for the video. The video was made available on iTunes Store on February 1, 2007. Jackson would later repeat the same type of format for her video "Rock with U" from Discipline.
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