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“The main riff was something that I came up with. I meant for it to be with horns, but we ended up just keeping it with the band. I initially imagined a Stevie Wonder horn section doing that swinging line, but it feels great no matter what. I thought it might be too jazzy at first, but Ian Paice fell right into it, and Rog eventually got a comfortable bassline. We all love music that swings.
“I have to hand it to Ian Paice here. You might not think that a rock drummer would go for this kind of feel, but he gets into swampy, slinky, funky stuff and can play it beautifully. For me, when I play rhythm, it’s a lot of fun. Finding which parts to accentuate and which to leave out is so cool.
“Don has incredible ears, so he tried a few different parts. We jammed on it, with him looking for spaces to let me do something and me doing the same. It’s a great give-and-take going on.
“The solo is kind of swingy, too. I cut it live and then redid it at home in my studio. As I usually do, I gave Bob three versions to pick from and work with. I know that he usually won’t like my first pass.” [Laughs]