The Cars reached a peak level of success when they teamed up with hitmaking Svengali Robert John "Mutt" Lange for 1984's Heartbeat City. This sleek, radio-friendly album was rejected as a sellout effort by some of the band's longtime fans but it represented an effective balance between their love of space-age sounds and their gift for pop songwriting. One of its finest moments was "Drive," a gorgeous ballad that matched heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape to create one of their biggest hits. The lyrics of "Drive" pack a very direct emotional punch as they depict a narrator who knows a relationship with a lovely but unstable person is bad news but when the chorus rolls around he can't help but wonder "Who's gonna drive you home tonight?" The music reflects the lyrical tone with a lovely melody that rises and falls in a soothing yet sad fashion. The Cars' recording of this song applies a sleek, multi-layered electronic arrangement to the song that eliminates guitar-oriented rock for a densely layered bed of synth hooks that are given a gentle beat by programmed drums. This arrangement is given human warmth by Benjamin Orr's plaintive vocal, which communicates the lyrical emotions without overplaying them. This vocal is bolstered by a complex, multi-part background vocal arrangement reminiscent of the vocal backgrounds on 10cc's "I'm Not in Love." This combination of emotion and stylish production made "Drive" a natural hit and it peaked at number three on the pop charts. It also got extensive MTV exposure thanks to a stylish video directed by actor Timothy Hutton that featured model (and future wife of Ric Ocasek) Paulina Porizkova.