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“Somebody’s 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 Motown artists Michael Jackson on the chorus and Jermaine Jackson on additional backing vocals. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and reached the top of the Billboard R&B singles chart, as well as reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart.

It was the only major hit for Rockwell. His follow-up single Obscene Phone Caller was Rockwell’s only other Top 40 single, reaching #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, the song was ranked #20 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

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 film 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.

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  • Daniel_Green

    AWESOME!

    8 May 5:29pm Reply
  • Pellkoppf

    ♣ ☆ ★ ღ ♫ ღ ★ ☆ ♣

    6 May 3:51pm Reply
  • mINDsELFiNDULGE

    I woudn't say MJ makes the song, but I welcome his input. Oh whoa, oh, oh!

    26 Feb 7:52pm Reply
  • pbisel

    MJ makes this song. [4] But Rockwell rocks too, though.

    19 Feb 4:32am Reply
  • pbisel

    michael's voice *-*

    19 Feb 4:30am Reply
  • annacastrolima

    MJ makes this song. [3]

    18 Feb 10:38pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Same for me good tittle, moved house and I have this feeling again but don`t care anymore.Good song.

    3 Feb 5:07pm Reply
  • crazykaz02

    watch all you want i dont care anymore

    1 Feb 1:03am Reply
  • PghDwayne

    pretty obvious he didn't wash his hair

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • NaiveAmoeba

    This is the problem with last.fm... this is a good song, but it's definitely not playing because I've been listening to fellow Shogun Audio dnb producer Icicle! And what's with the black/white thing? Can't we just differentiate them because they're entirely different artists, in different genres, from different eras, from different countries. Who gives a fuck if the dnb producer is, as someone delightfully put it, "a blue blood white boy"? Sigh...

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    MJ makes this song. [2]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • graybriggs

    Miami Vice. Episode 1. Tubbs in the strip club. This song always reminds me of that scene...

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • xXxT0RMENTxXx

    Change the picture already! wtf last.fm! really? multiple complaints and yet its still the blue blood white boy used for the pic. WRONG PIC!!!

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    MJ makes this song.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dcuk5

    So good!

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    timeless classic!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alin_

    DISCO-DISCO, good-good!

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TOMHINKLE57

    MANY ARTIST BIOS ON LASTFM READ LIKE VANITY PUBLICATIONS WRITTEN BY THE ARTIST OR THEIR RECORD COMPANY.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Saynerin

    Klasse :)

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ShockWave3124

    Somehow the white Rockwell didn't know about the 80's Rockwell.Explains the mistake.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
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