When The Cult were in the studio recording their Love album back in the middle 80s, they had a drummer problem. Nigel Preston was getting drunk quite a bit and kept messing up his parts in the song “She Sells Sanctuary.”
Because the band was on a tight schedule and an even tighter budget, they didn’t have time to mess around. To keep Nigel in line and to prevent him from overplaying his parts, the rest of the band kept taking pieces of his drumkit away.
In the end, all he had left was a snare, a bass drum, some hi-hats, and a cymbal or two. “Make do with that,” he was told. And he did. This is why the drum parts on “She Sells Sanctuary” or so minimalistic, which is exactly what the song needed. You don’t see it in the video, but that’s how it went down in the studio.
By the way, Nigel was fired shortly after the album was completely.