Bass player John Taylor told the story of the song (as quoted on the Genero.tv
site): "The title came from one of Nick (Rhodes)'s and my silly games, the idea being, 'What would we call our offshoot electro ensemble?' The answer was 'Blame The Machines,' which Mark (Ronson, producer) loved. The lyric idea followed on from that, basing it on a story in the Herald Tribune
about a German driver who was killed when his GPS sent him the wrong way up a freeway off-ramp. Blame the machines indeed."