This was the second single from The Cars, following "Just What I Needed
." Like most of their early songs, Ocasek wrote the song and made the demo at his home studio in Boston. When the band signed with Elektra Records, they recorded these songs with producer Roy Thomas Baker, who was at the controls for many of Queen's recordings. They ended up using Baker on their first four albums. His forte was layering harmony vocals and getting a very clean, crisp sound on his recordings. As he did with Queen, he let The Cars dictate the sessions and encouraged experimentation.