“Somebody’s Watching Me” Singer Rockwell Preps First Album In Over 30 Years

“Somebody’s Watching Me” Singer Rockwell Preps First Album In Over 30 Years

Rockwell — the moniker of Kennedy William Gordy, the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy — recently sat down with Rolling Stone to reflect on the making of his hit 1984 spooky-pop single “Somebody’s Watching Me,” which famously featured uncredited backing vocals from Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Among the anecdotes included in the story is this bit:

He’d think back to his days as a kid looking out of his bedroom window and “seeing his neighbor sticking his head out the window trying to look up in our apartment.” While writing the song, he lived with a girl who was the recipient of many pranks. “When she would take a shower, I would go up to the glass, wait until she was washing her hair and then press my face against the glass,” he says. “She would open her eyes, see my face and go, ‘Ahhhh!!!!'” (The prank inspired the lyrics “When I’m in the shower/I’m afraid to wash my hair/’Cause I might open my eyes/And find someone standing there.”)


Rockwell also reveals that he’s working on a new album, which would be his first in over 30 years since the release of 1986’s The Genie. He says it’s called The Second Coming: “I always had the intention of coming back, and now I’ve learned all of those things and I have the wisdom of far more years, and I have something to say now,” he told Rolling Stone. “I have unfinished business in the record industry. I’m coming back, y’all.”

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