Album: The Pleasure Principle, 1979
Justification: Who knew at the time that Gary Numan’s expressionless and robotic persona was actually his (admittedly self-diagnosed) autism? This hymn to the self-contained world of the automobile was Numan’s second big hit (after the breakthrough ‘Are “Friends” Electric?’ with Tubeway Army) and remains a pioneering piece of synthpop, effortlessly marrying the cold modernism of Kraftwerk with the Bowie-influenced New Wave. Also, it was Vince Noir’s ringtone in The Mighty Boosh. So, you know, that’s good.
Also, he has a pilots licence. He’s brilliant, he is.