Written by the established American team of Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, "Shut Up and Drive" runs to some 3 minutes 33 seconds. Other names to appear on the credits are the British musicians Gillian Gilbert, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, who are all from the same stable. Two Americans and three Britons - all white - and arguably the biggest thing to come out of Barbardos since the Great Hurricane of 1780 makes a formidable eclectic mix.
Cars and motor vehicles of all kinds are not exactly strange bedfellows with commercial music, usually with a specifically male connection - power, virility, the wind in your hair and all that jazz. This may have been written principally by guys, but the innuendo here is all female, which is hardly surprising, because the lady simply oozes sexuality: Got a ride that's smoother than a limousine, Can you handle the curves... If you can...we can go all night...
And that's before you've looked under her hood.
The video Rihanna's team put together for this leaves no one in any doubt that this will be a very smooth ride indeed. As commercial songs go, this is up there with the best of them; its rock flavor cutting well with white audiences, which probably makes Chris Brown the biggest mug on the planet; he may be a changed man, but after his appalling behavior towards his then girlfriend, he ain't got her keys anymore.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above