SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME
1984 | Pop
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"I'm just an average man, with an average life. I work from nine to five; hey hell, I pay the price. -- All I want is to be left alone in my average home; but why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone"
- Kennedy Gordy was kicked out of the house by his father, Motown founder Berry Gordy, he began writing and his mother Ray Singleton got him a staff writer job.
- Kennedy Gordy didn't want his father's name to influence the outcome of the song and decided to use the name Rockwell on the record instead.
- It might be worth pointing out there is a cover of The Beatles: The Taxman on the record as well, hidden libertarian?
THE HOT TAKES
This song is (quite appropriately) from 1984. When the song was written, today's world would seem like a totalitarian nightmare. Alexa is always listening, our phones are always listening, some cars are listening, some businesses are listening, the NSA is listening, the FBI or CIA may be listenin, DHS may be listenining, DEA may be listening. Althought the main vibe here is just about paranoia, generally speaking, there are a few clues for a more libertarian undercurrent. most notably, the reference in the third verse to the IRS. As many have pointed out in the past, the income tax necessitates invasion of privacy for enforcement. People earning money "under the table," are opening themselves up to a potential audit, just because Uncle Sam needs to make sure he's getting his. It's a crazy world presented to us in a smooth jam. Michael Jackson doing the background vocals is a real treat, too!
Fittingly, this super catchy song was released in 1984 and went on to be one of the most iconic songs of the ‘80s. With it’s catchy hook sung by Michael Jackson, it was a cute song about a person, probably a celebrity, dealing with losing their privacy and questioning their sanity. What, at the time, seemed innocuous, has since become a sad reality for the average person. From license plate readers, NSA data collection facilities, stingrays, 100 mile buffers where the 4th amendment is suspended, and cameras in your neighborhood park, and on your pc, these days there is always some government agency, federal or local, that thinks it has the right to spy on you in every aspect of your life. The Nanny State always cries loudly that it’s for your safety! Incredulous that anyone would believe they have nefarious motives. The old adage innocent until proven guilty has never had less meaning than it does now. Much like the father who comes home and spanks the kids because he knows they must’ve done something wrong, so too, The State and it’s agents see us all as criminals who just might be up to no good. You know to a hammer, everything is a nail.
I knda just want to say Luke & Sherry got this covered and take the day off because frankly they do. But then I'm not upholding my end of the bargain i suppose, and integrity means something to me. Damn these ethics getting in the way of more time to myself. You know where you wont find pesky ethics getting in the way of power & greed? Of course you do. ANywhere the government is. Any alpphabet soup agency...not to get tin-foily but is there something sinister in the fact that Google's parent company is Alphabet? Alphabet...alphabet soup agencies...I'm just spitballing here. Freeform thought trails. Is it possible that it truly is just another arm of the executive branch? The best crimes are always the ones being perpetrated out in the open. Should I be concerned about the door being busted in as I type this? I know they can watch the keystrokes. Perhaps I should enjoy my relative anonymity.