Drums on Duran Duran’s “American Science”

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I know to direct this question to Nick Rhodes. Nick, I’m assuming that by rhythm box, you meant drum machine, correct? Was the beat on the studio recording of “American Science” entirely done using a drum machine, or was it part drum machine part drums being played by Steve Ferrone? This is my favourite song, so inquiring minds need to know! Thanks in advance! Sarah

“Actually, Steve programmed a Linn drum II and then played live drums on top of it. This actually came about because I had been teasing Steve, saying what an extraordinary drummer he was but didn’t know how to program a rhythm unit, so he rose to the challenge with an entire pattern for the song “American Science,” that he created. I have to say, I was enormously impressed! NR"