The title of this song is not a reference to slain South African anti-apartheid leader Stephen Biko. Instead it is a term of endearment in Igbo, the Nigerian language that the parents of singer and lyricist Kele Okereke speak. He explained to The Scotsman September 14, 2008: "It means 'dear', like when you're beseeching someone to do something."
In Gary Numan's "Cars," the message is that cars lead to a mechanical society devoid of personal interaction. This didn't stop automakers from using it in commercials. Both Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads.