Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sample Clearance: Somebody's Watching Me featuring Michael Jackson

So truth be told, I was eating in a restaurant recently and heard what sounded like the "geico commercial" song featuring my love, Michael Jackson, on the hook. So, of course I had to dig a bit to figure out what this jam was...

In 1984 a young kid named Rockwell signed to Motown Records, and with the help of Michael and Jermaine Jackson on vocals, released a chart topping song called Somebody's Watching Me.
The story goes that it wasn't until after the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and number six on the UK Singles Chart that Motown CEO Berry Gordy found out that Rockwell was really his son Kennedy Gordy.  Not sure just how true this is but I kinda like it so we'll roll with it.

To date, this song has been sampled or covered about nineteen times including the memorable and eary Geico commercials.

I prefer this '84 joint because Michael Jackson can even make paranoia sound smooth.

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