Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You (Dance Remix) (1986)

October 24, 2011

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Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You (Dance Remix)

[ Sorry kids, audio file no longer available due to the powers that be ]

Every now and then I think that Janet doesn’t get the credit she deserves. Obviously when you have a brother like Michael Jackson which cast a huge career shadow, you’ve got quite a lot to prove.

But if you really look at it, Janet has had a hugely successful career of what could seriously be considered mega-star status, right up there with Michael. Her albums were selling consistently when some of his were not. And she continues to prove herself today (although that new material doesn’t do much for me, surprise-surprise, but her devote fans seem to dig it).

Let’s look back at the Janet we all really dig! 1986, she’s coming out of her bubblegum phase and into the catchy pop-dance stuff!

“When I Think Of You” was pretty big. Or at least I remember it being on the radio a lot. It’s a pretty great pop tune, and I’ve always thought of it as “Oh that’s Janet’s first really popular tune”.

This is the “dance remix” from the 12″ single. I’d imagine people kicking it on the dance floor back  in the day to this one, mirrors and neon everywhere. And the big hair! Check out Janet’s mammoth-do in that photo. Freakin’ awesome!! This is the girl I’d like to go see in concert :)


1 chad October 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

This was Janet’s first #1 song on the Pop chart, but earlier in the year she had two other top 5 Pop hits, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and “Nasty”. With Michael being a legend like he is, it’s easy to overlook some of Janet’s accomplishments. For instance, her “Rhythm Nation 1814″ album yielded seven Top 5 singles, where “Thriller” yielded seven Top 10 singles. But being in her brother’s shadow or not, I think it’s safe to say she’s the second most successful Jackson!

This dance remix was the same version used in the video, which is rare because it usually seems to be the album or single versions that are used for videos. I also remember that this remix was played regularly on our local urban radio station, where the Top 40 satations played the album/single version.

2 Chris Daniel October 24, 2011 at 1:38 PM

@ Chad – Yeah the whole “Control” album I think is great. I might even like that one more than “Rhythm Nation”, but like you said, the bottom line is she will always play second fiddle, but I guess there are worse things to be! I do love that this mix was used in the video. Either it escaped me or I just didn’t know, but I just pulled it up on youtube for a refresher! Totally awesome! Hall & Oates did that too in ’84 for “Out Of Touch”, used the Arthur Baker 12″ remix for the video.

3 Sean October 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I’m glad to see Janet getting the props she deserves. She is TOTALLY overlooked as being one of the blueprints for today’s crop of Pop divas. Many of them borrow from Janet but give credit to other icons, which is a shame.

4 Chris Daniel October 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

@ Sean – Hi, and thanks for commenting! Completely agree with you my friend, so we’ll give her the props she deserves right here.

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