Despite all of its imagery of driving and being a passenger, its opening sample of a wheel falling off a car, and its hypnotic beat symbolic of a car gliding down a roadway, "Behind the Wheel" isn't really about automobiles at all. It's a classic song of sexual submission or of just giving in to another person's control over any aspect of one's life. Martin Gore's favorite subject has proven to be relationships, and "Behind the Wheel" blends a little bit of bondage and a little bit of codependence to make for a quintessential Depeche Mode song. David Gahan seems completely and perfectly exhausted emotionally, singing "Do what you want; I don't care tonight/I hand myself over on a plate." He goes on to offer, "I prefer you behind the wheel/And me the passenger." The ravishing beat and high-tech synth sounds that engulf Gahan's voice suggest he's looking for love as long as he doesn't have to be the one in control. He wants "[his] little girl [to] come pull [his] strings." "Behind the Wheel" shares a sonic and thematic resemblance to "Never Let Me Down Again." Where the latter sees escape in drugs, the former finds similar comfort in giving up one's free will to a lover. A stylish promotional video for the song directed by Anton Corbijn was released in 1987.