• This song is about how people use technology and material goods to isolate themselves from human contact.
Numan has stated that he has Asperger Syndrome, which is a mild form of autism,
but until he was diagnosed, he had a lot of trouble relating to other people.
• He explained the inspiration for the song: "I was in traffic in London once and had a problem with some people in front. They tried to beat me up
and get me out of the car. I locked the doors and eventually drove up on the pavement and got away from them...
It explains how you can feel safe inside a car in the modern world...
When you're in it, your whole mentality is different...
It's like your own little personal empire with four wheels on it."
• Car makers Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads. It was also used by Diehard batteries.
August 21st, 1979