It’s Halloween weekend! And what better way to celebrate the super-spooky time of the witching hour than to get you guys nominating your favourite Halloween-themed song for Pop Gem?
It could be scary, spooky, a bit creepy, kinda nuts – whatever. As long as it was on the dark side and wouldn't feel out of place at a Halloween bash then it was in!
Here are the 10 we picked for our shortlist. Did you back a winner?
The final 10
|ALLSTARS||THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT||12||2001|
|NICK CAVE & KYLIE MINOGUE||WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW||11||1995|
|SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES||PEEK-A-BOO||16||1988|
|ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN||PEOPLE ARE STRANGE||29||1988|
|EIGHTH WONDER||I'M NOT SCARED||7||1988|
|ROCKWELL||SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME||6||1984|
|BOBBY 'BORIS' PICKETT & THE CRYPT-KICKERS||MONSTER MASH||3||1973|
And after all that, who did we go for? Well, the title of the page is probably a bit of a giveaway, but we decided Rockwell’s creepy, but amazing, banger about stalking was the one to go for. Watch the video for Somebody’s Watching Me before we explain Rockwell rocked our world…
Why it had to be Rockwell
Rockwell – or Kennedy Gordy to his mum and dad – came from music biz royalty. His dad was legendary Motown boss Berry Gordy. Not wanting to make his name just because of who his dad was, young Kennedy sneaked behind his pop’s back to secure his first recording contract.
Out of all the songs on our shortlist, we reckon Rockwell deserved the honour the most. He never had another hit in the UK, and his song can be danced to just about any time of the year and still sounds pretty fresh today. This isn’t the kind of track you throw out with the empty bottles the morning after your Halloween shindig.
Somebody’s Watching Me had more than a helping hands when it came to greatness, especially as it featured one of the biggest popstars of all time in an uncredited role.
You don’t have to listen too carefully to hear the King Of Pop Michael Jackson lending his considerable vocal chops to the chorus, and his brother Jermaine threw his own pipes into the mix, too. Back in 1984, Michael may have been midway through his Thriller album campaign, but it was no bother for him to help out his pal Rockwell on his debut hit – and he didn’t even ask for a feature credit!
Somebody’s Watching Me peaked at Number 6 on the Official Singles Chart – the Top 10 that week looked a little something like this:
|1||99 RED BALLOONS||NENA|
|2||RELAX||FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD|
|3||JOANNA/TONIGHT||KOOL AND THE GANG|
|4||WOULDN'T IT BE GOOD||NIK KERSHAW|
|5||DOCTOR DOCTOR||THOMPSON TWINS|
|6||SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME||ROCKWELL|
|7||RADIO GA GA||QUEEN|
|8||AN INNOCENT MAN||BILLY JOEL|
|9||MY EVER CHANGING MOODS||STYLE COUNCIL|
|10||RUN RUNAWAY||RUN RUNAWAY|
© 2014 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
The song was a hit again in 2006, for dance outfit Beatfreakz. As can sometimes be the case, this reswizzle actually outcharted the original version, peaking at Number 3. Beatfreakz managed what Rockwell could not – they scored another Top 10 hit with Superfreak, reachign Number 7.
Rockwell’s chart story
Apart from Somebody’s Watching Me, there’s no more Official Singles Chart action for Rockwell – and his debut album missed the Official Albums Chart Top 40 too.
He does have some connections to other chart artists, though. His half-sister’s mum is none other than Diana Ross, and his half-brother has scored six Top 40 hits, including two Number 1s. And who is this half-bro? Why it’s only Redfoo from LMFAO. We know they’re not their real names, but as stage names go, Rockwell and Redfoo are pretty unbeatable.
Rockwell – you may have only had one hit, but it’s a pretty good one. Welcome to the Pop Gem Hall Of Fame!
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