Constructed and composed during the recording process at various studios, including RPM, B.C. Studio in Brooklyn New York, Herbie's home studio in Los Angeles, Eldorado studio in LA, the composition features scratching and other turntablist techniques, performed by GrandMixer D.ST - an influential DJ in the early years of turntablism. Some years later, turntablists such as DJ Qbert and Mix Master Mike cited the composition as 'revelatory' in the documentary film Scratch, inspiring their interest in the instrument.
The single was a major radio hit in the United Kingdom and a popular dance club record in the United States. Two decades later it was featured on the soundtrack of the video gameGrand Theft Auto: Vice City, on the fictional radio station "Wildstyle FM".
The music video, directed by the duo of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme and featuring robot-like movable sculptures (by Jim Whiting) dancing, spinning, and even walking in time to the music in a "virtual house" in London, England, garnered five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, including Best Concept Video and Best Special Effects. Hancock himself appears, and plays keyboard, only as an image on a television receiver, which is smashed on the pavement outside the front door of the house at the end of the video.