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One Hit Wonder - ROCKWELL (1984)
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MUSIC VIDEO/SONG

"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell - 

Rockwell is Kennedy Gordy, son of Motown founder Berry Gordy from a relationship with Margaret Norton. Kennedy put the demo together with the help of a Motown producer named Curtis Nolen. Berry Gordy didn't have much faith in his son as a recording artist, but when he heard this, he knew it was a hit and agreed to release it.
 
Michael Jackson sang backup. Rockwell's sister Hazel was married to Jackson's brother Jermaine. Michael Jackson was at the height of his powers, and Rockwell knew he could get the song released if he could convince Michael to sing on it
 
The Motown brain trust came up with the name "Rockwell." Prince and Madonna were doing very well using one name, and inspiration struck when someone saw a photo of a Norman Rockwell painting.
 
Christian rapper Toby Mac (real name: Toby McKeegan) of the band DC Talk sampled this for his song "Somebody's Watching." In this case, it referred to God, who Toby believed was constantly looking out for him. Joanna Valencia sang backup vocals. Toby Mac also sampled the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth" for his song "What's Goin' Down?," both of which appear on the album Momentum
 
In 2006 Beatfreakz, a duo from Holland, reached #3 in the UK with a dance version of this song that also topped the charts in Spain. The video was a parody of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
 
This was used in commercials for Geico insurance in 2008. The ads showed stacks of money with googly eyes staring at people who might save money on their car insurance. This song played whenever the money was nearby. The spots were very successful and ran well into 2009 and Michael Jackson's unexpected death.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2606

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1984

1 Prince When Doves Cry
2 Tina Turner What's Love Got To Do With It
3 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Say Say Say
4 Kenny Loggins Footloose
5 Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
6 Van Halen Jump
7 Lionel Richie Hello
8 Yes Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9 Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters
10 Culture Club Karma Chameleon

26 Rockwell Somebody's Watching Me

| Closed on 09/12/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
7 Fans 
29%a. 10 (Great Song)
43%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
14%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
14%e. STALKER! PEEPING TOM! VOYEURISM IS ILLEGAL!

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#3 | 399 days ago

It's a great song on many, many insane levels. LOL wow! His voice & diction, the super wet curl, the MJ hook, the effing crazy/craptacular video ( which debuted on Friday Night Videos - memba that?!?!) 

Magnificent.
10 (Great Song)  
  
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#1 | 399 days ago
Nick__ (+)

This was a pretty good song back in the 80's.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#2 | 399 days ago

ell oh ell
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#3 | 399 days ago

It's a great song on many, many insane levels. LOL wow! His voice & diction, the super wet curl, the MJ hook, the effing crazy/craptacular video ( which debuted on Friday Night Videos - memba that?!?!) 

Magnificent.
10 (Great Song)  
#4 | 399 days ago

Not many know that MJ sang on this song. I like it, I watch the video every Halloween. I first head about it on an episode of Beavis & Butthead.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#5 | 398 days ago

marcus_nyce wrote:
It's a great song on many, many insane levels. LOL wow! His voice & diction, the super wet curl, the MJ hook, the effing crazy/craptacular video ( which debuted on Friday Night Videos - memba that?!?!) 

Magnificent.
yup
10 (Great Song)  
#6 | 398 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Kenne wrote:
Not many know that MJ sang on this song. I like it, I watch the video every Halloween. I first head about it on an episode of Beavis & Butthead.
surprise   -  if anyone didn't know that MJ sang on that song, they are completely oblivious to music.

How could anyone NOT recognize MJ's voice in that song?   I would like to meet one of those people and bitch slap the hell out of them after I make them listen to that song.

cool
7-9 (Good Song)  

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