Rockwell

Somebody's Watching Me

Song Review by Andrew Hamilton

Rockwell (nee Kennedy Gordy) was Berry Gordy's son from his liaison with Margaret Norton. The unlikely rock star topped the R&B charts for five weeks in 1984 with this paranoid treatise written with Curtis Nolen. Being Gordy's son didn't part any water for Rockwell, and only Nolen's belief in the song made it happen. After the two redid the track from Kennedy's rough draft, they still felt it needed an extra voice to make it bloom to its full potential. Michael Jackson -- an in-law and friend of Kennedy's -- was solicited and the rest is history. Jackson was hot as a laptop left on all night and his recognizable voice helped put the song over the top. Rockwell, a name created for mystique, never rocked the charts like this again and quietly faded back into the doldrums of being Berry Gordy's son. Must be nice.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Somebody's Watching Me 1984 Motown / Uni 4:57
Motown Memories, Vol. 4 1990
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 4:01
Disco Nights, Vol. 8: Dance Floor Hits 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:57
Disco Nights: Dance Floor Hits, Vol. 8 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
Motown 40 Forever 1998
Various Artists
Motown 3:55
Rock & Roll Relix: 1984-1985 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:55
Only Soul 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:59
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1984 1999
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Universal Distribution 4:57
Monsters, Ghouls, Goblins, and Demons 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:58
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:01
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Pop Classics 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:01
One Hit Wonderful 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:58
Motown History, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 4:01
The Best of Breakdance & Electric Boogie, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:58
Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:58
A Year in Your Life: 1984, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 5:01
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:58
Old School Funk, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:54
Disco Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 0:00
100% Motown '80s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:57
The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1980s, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Motown 4:00
Frosh, Vol. 5 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:56
80's Groove [Decadance] 2003
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 3:43
Best of Soul 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:56
All Night Long: Classic Motown 12 Inch 80s Grooves 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 0:00
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:57
Disco [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20th Century Masters - DVD Collection: The Best of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O
#1 Soul Hits of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:59
Best of Motown, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:57
'80s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:58
True Motown/Spectrum 3 CD Set 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
80s Dance 2006
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 3:55
Totally '80s for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 0:00
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 3:57
Don't Quit Music: '80s Flashback Dance Fitness (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs) 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:23
20 1's: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:57
Greatest Ever! Eighties Hits: The Definitive Collection 2011
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:49
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Pop - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:48
12" '80s Classics 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music Canada
Stars 80: La Compilation 2012
Various Artists
TF1 Musique / Universal 3:56
Super Freak: Halloween Dance Party 2013
Various Artists
Universal 3:57
Greatest Ever!: Eighties: The Definitive Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:47
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 3:57
Time Life Loves the 80s 2019
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:59
100 Essential 80's
Various Artists
UMG Recordings
80's Dance
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
80's Hits Night
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
80s New Year's Party
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
80s Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:01
Best 80s Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Best 80s Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:51
Best of 1984: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:03
Body By Jake: 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:23
Body By Jake: Randy Couture Workout Mix
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:54
Chart Show: Die Erfolgreichsten: One-Hit-Wonder [Folge 1]
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:55
Clásicos del Rock y  Pop Indispensables
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Contemplando El Cielo, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Dale Al Play!: 80s
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
De Todo Para Todos, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Disco Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Don’t Quit Music Presents: Randy Couture’s Workout Mix Volume 1 ((Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs)
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:54
Dziady 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Espantoso Y Divertido Halloween
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Forgotten 80's Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Friday Night, I'm Dynamite
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloween 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloween Music
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Halloween Party Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloween Throwbacks
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloween [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloween for Kids
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Halloweeni Buli
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Happy Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
I Heart 80s
Various Artists
Universal 3:51
Just Can't Get Enough: One Hit Wonders of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Mood Alegre
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Motown Greatest Hits [2019]
Various Artists
Universal
Motown Workout
Various Artists
Motown 4:57
Músicas de Halloween
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Now 25 Top Hits: Best of Motown
Various Artists
One Hit Wonders [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:58
Pasaporte a los 80s
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Pure Duets, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Scary Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Songs for Halloween
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Soul Jams/Old School 7
Various Artists
Spg Music Ltd. 4:49
Soul Party [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Spooky Scary Skeletons
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Spooky Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Straszne piosenki
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Summer Feelings 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:51
The Motown Story
Various Artists
Universal 3:54
The Scariest Party
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
This Is Halloween
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
Throwback 1980's
Various Artists
Allegro / Somerset 4:54
Time Life: Love the 80's - One Hit Wonders
Various Artists
Time Life 3:59
Viaje a 1984
Various Artists
Universal 4:57