Poll: Cliff Williams or Adam Clayton

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by GK Growl, Jan 15, 2013.


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Cliff Williams or Adam Clayton???

  1. Cliff Williams

    52.6%
  2. Adam Clayton

    47.4%
  1. GK Growl

    GK Growl

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    OK... let's say you are a producer and you find out that Cliff Williams and Adam Clayton are both not only available, but want to work on a meat and potatoes rock project with you producing (not playing). Who do you choose, and why?

    This is obviously a spinoff from the Billy Sheehan/Dave LaRue poll.

    So who would you choose?
  2. Waterpilot

    Waterpilot

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    Cliff. I just like AC/DC better.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    +1
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Clayton. When he does play bass-forward lines, he plays some catchy stuff - ex. New Year's Day. I like his tone too.
  5. El-Bob

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    Meat and Potatoes... Cliff. Overall I like Clayton better, but Cliff to me is the definition of a meat and potatoes rock bassist. :)
  6. ma4rk

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    I'd pick Adam so I could tell him off about U2 being around 20 years longer than they should have.
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    I have a friend that saw Cliff warm up before a gig. He is apparently a very good player.

    Clayton? Luckiest multimillionaire musician in the world IMO.

    P.s. I did a corporate gig and we played Wonderful Day by U2... Easy as hell, but man what a fun bass line to play!
  8. spacebassed

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    LOL. :D
  9. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya

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    I'd pick Clayton. He writes catchier lines that are still simple and yet completely in the pocket.
  10. mcm

    mcm

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    Is this really a question? Candy ass U2 bass player or cliff????
  11. dbd1963

    dbd1963

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  12. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

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    That would also depend on the track(s) that they're playing to....... What genre? Is it Jazz? Is it Stoner doom? Is it R&B? ;)
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Cliff is a much better bassist than he lets on with AC/DC, plus he's airtight and rock solid.
  14. mcm

    mcm

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    Just playing earlier but I do like cliff more.
  15. dkelley

    dkelley

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    Late to the game, but Cliff can play by ear, improvise, really play well/fast/versatile.

    Adam played the wrong song one time live and never heard it.

    I'll hire Cliff please.

    I do like u2 though and Adams lines.... But have you ever heard Adam improvise or make up his bass parts? It's an effort to listen to.... It takes him a while to make music from it. In the end it's great.... But he's not exactly quick at coming up with bass parts that are releasable. Based on the u2 special double cd that had lots of rehearsal jams and early versions of songs in it back in the 90s...
  16. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Cliff. I think he would fit better with what I would write.

    I like Clayton's tone, and his playing fits the songs...but I'm not really a U2 fan.

    On a side note: We play at A LOT of Irish bars, and once the night is over the bar tenders feel the need to absolutely crank U2 (louder than we were just playing). I need to wear ear plugs just to pack up. I hate it.
  17. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

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    I don't like U2. I do like AC/DC. Cliff.
  18. steamthief

    steamthief

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    Cliff rocks:
  19. Nickbass90

    Nickbass90

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    Cliff all the way man, rock solid pocket playing. To me he is the epitome of rock playing.

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