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Friday, October 21, 2011

Somebody's Watching Me on My Halloween Countdown

Paranoia, big destroyer but at least you can dance to it. This is the 12" version on the Motown label, originally recorded by Rockwell, son of Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr. This was a huge hit in 1984, though Rockwell was pretty much a one-hit wonder. The song's lyrics are about the paranoid fear of being spied upon and followed. It featured former Motown artists Michael Jackson on the chorus and Jermaine Jackson on backing vocals. Rockwell's main vocals, pretty much spoken rather than sung, seem influenced by Kid Creole and Coati Mundi in terms of delivery. Feel free to dance about your room while listening. But lock the door and pull down the shade. Somebody may be watching you.

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