“Disturbia” was written by Chris Brown and his songwriting and production team. However, they decided “Disturbia” might be better suited to a female singer. Rihanna liked the way the song spoke about anxiety and confusion. With the addition of unique vocal effects, “Disturbia” took on a slightly creepy vibe. It hit #1 on the US pop chart and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording.
The accompanying music video for “Disturbia” digs deeper into the eerie atmosphere of the song by depicting a surrealistic sort of torture chamber. The clip was directed by long-time Rihanna collaborator Anthony Mandler. Among the elements included are a tarantula, Rihanna sitting on a commanding throne, and quick glimpses of bondage imagery. The clip received positive comments from critics.
Ramones – “Pet Sematary” (1989)
The Ramones wrote and recorded “Pet Sematary” for the movie of the same name based on the Stephen King novel. It became one of the biggest hit singles by the punk legends reaching the top 5 on the modern rock chart. The author is reportedly a big Ramones fan and he invited the group to his home in Maine when they were touring. While they were visiting, he gave them a copy of the Pet Sematary novel, and Dee Dee Ramone quickly wrote a song about it.
The accompanying music video was filmed in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in historic Sleepy Hollow, New York, which was made legendary in Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” There are cameo appearances by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie in the music video.
Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984)
“Somebody’s Watching Me” was the debut single by Rockwell, aka Kennedy William Gordy, a son of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Both Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson are featured singing backup on the song. The song was a big success climbing all the way to #2 on the pop singles chart in the US. It also reached #3 on the dance chart. Unfortunately, Rockwell was unable to repeat the commercial success of “Somebody’s Watching Me.” His follow up single “Obscene Phone Caller” peaked at #35 on the pop chart. Singles from two more albums failed to make a significant impact on pop or R&B charts.
The music video for “Somebody’s Watching Me” is a paranoid fantasy that references Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In the clip, he is haunted by the figure of a man who turns out to just be the mailman. Rockwell is relieved until he realizes the mailman is a zombie.
Donovan – “Season Of the Witch” (1966)
British singer wrote and recorded “Season of the Witch” for his third album Sunshine Superman. Among the session players on the recording was Jimmy Page who later became a legend as lead guitarist for Led Zeppelin. Reportedly, the song originated from a riff that Donovan built up at the house of Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch and then played around with it for seven hours. “Season Of the Witch” was produced by Mickie Most who worked on a string of hit British Invasion records.
“Season of the Witch” was included on the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Dark Shadows. It has also been covered by a wide range of recording artists including the duo of Stephen Stills and Al Kooper on their 1968 album Super Session. The group Vanilla Fudge recorded a cover of “Season Of the Witch” and took it to #65 on the pop singles chart in 1968.