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10 Famous Music Videos You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Texas

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It will come as no surprise that many a Texan musician has filmed music videos in their home state, capitalizing on our iconic music hot spots, such as Gruene Hall, to set the stage for their videos. What you might not know though is that there have been quite a few world-renowned bands and artists who have also chosen the great state of Texas to visually tell the story behind their music. From up and coming young country artists to wildly popular European boy bands, here are 10 famous music videos that you might not know were filmed right here in Texas.

“Rock The Casbah” By The Clash–Filmed in Austin (1982)

10 Famous Music Videos You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Texas

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Filmed all over 1980s Austin, this phenomenally famous song, performed by the English punk rock band The Clash, shot to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1982. Those who were familiar with downtown Austin in the ’80s might recognize many obscure spots that make an appearance in the music video.

“Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” By U2–Filmed At The Houston Astrodome (2000)

10 Famous Music Videos You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Texas

Photo: Facebook/U2ByU2

Two videos were shot for this popular U2 video, with one version featuring two fictitious American football teams, playing a game which was filmed in the (then) newly-abandoned Houston Astrodome. There is a brief cameo in the video by NFL announcer John Madden. Fun fact: The fictional placekicker in the video’s name is “Paul Hewson,” which also happens to be the real name of U2 frontman, Bono.  

“Pancho & Lefty” By Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard–Filmed in the Texas Hill Country/Austin (1983)

10 Famous Music Videos You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Texas

Photo: Facebook/When the Cowboy Sings and Newhillbilly

The song “Pancho & Lefty” was written by famous Texas country artist Townes Van Zandt but covered by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on their 1983 collaborative album, Pancho & Lefty. The video depicts the dusty, cactus-covered Texas Hill Country as well as Austin’s Hotel Alamo, which closed shortly after the video was filmed there.

“Drag Me Down” By One Direction–Filmed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (2015)

10 Famous Music Videos You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Texas
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