Saturday, October 29, 2011
Watching Me" is the debut single by R&B artist Rockwell, released on the Motown label
in 1984. The song's lyrics relate the narrator's paranoid fear
of being followed and watched. It featured former Motownartists Michael Jackson on
the chorus and Jermaine Jackson on additional backing
Rockwell is the
son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr. At the time of the
recording Rockwell was estranged from his father and living with Ray Singleton,
his father's ex-wife. Singleton served as executive producer on the project and
would occasionally play some demo tracks to Berry Gordy. The elder Gordy was
less than enthusiastic about Rockwell's music until he heard the single with a
familiar voice featured prominently on background vocals.
Curtis Anthony Nolen, the song featured backing vocals by ex-Motown artist
Michael Jackson."Somebody's Watching Me" peaked at number two on
the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and
reached the top of theBillboard
R&B singles chart, as well as reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart.
The single's music video underscores
the song's paranoid tone with a haunted house-inspired
theme, including imagery of floating heads, ravens, graveyards, and shower
scenes referencing the novel Psycho.
The mailman who appears in the music video for "Somebody's Watching
Me" also stars in the video for "Obscene Phone Caller". This was
a low budget video. Music video produced by The Wolfe Company, directed by
Francis Delia, cinematography by Dominic Sena, production manager: Jason
Braunstein, production coordinator: Jon Leonoudakis. Leonoudakis appears in the
video as the visual metaphor "watching" Rockwell through the porthole
of the front door.