If you're ever feeling paranoid
Photos by Nick Tomecek
“Somebody’s Watching Me” is the most paranoia-driven, awesome song that exists.
I’m not surprised Rockwell’s song was a hit. I am, however, disappointed the song was tainted by an insurance commercial.
Kennedy Gordy’s 1984 album was named for this catchy song. Rockwell was Gordy’s stage name.
“Somebody’s Watching Me” features Michael Jackson, a friend Gordy met as a child. Although he is no Jackson, the two have a similar sound.
With a few more oohs and ahhs and some tantalizing dance moves, Gordy might have been equally successful. Jackson and Gordy also look similar in appearance prior to Jackson’s skin changes later in life.
“Obscene Phone Caller” was another hit on the album. This song and “Somebody’s Watching Me” would not sound out of place at a Halloween party.
I paired this album with black leggings, a black, lace-up blouse, leather thigh-high boots and a skull-print scarf. The dark ensemble and cemetery background matches the record’s semi-creepy lyrics.
“I always feel like somebody’s watching me
And I have no privacy”
If you like one song on this album, you will like them all.
The rhythms to these synthetics-driven pop tracks are lively, giving the album a fun nature.
I also appreciate the cultural subtext in the lyrics. Rockwell mentions taxes, the IRS and small towners, pointing out everyone’s amusing demons.
“Knife” is the only slow track on the record, and it’s everything you look for in a 1980s ballad. It’s the kind of song you expect to hear in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”
If you’re ever feeling paranoid, listen to this record. Themes of stalking will transform into dancing and humming.
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