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Hellfire! I wish I was Adam Clayton.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by chuck norriss, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Or as Cat calls him, the U2 grandpa. You kidding me? His life does not suck.
    And I understand clearly he isn't Manring or Nitti or Pastorius but he's had some nice moments in bassline history that are good enough. I wouldn't say he's all-hat, no cattle.

    Zoo Station--listen to the chorus
    Heartland--subtle, hardly there & simple as pie but I love it
    New Year's Day
    Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World
    Man & a Woman
    Moment of Surrender
    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    All good songs. The Stones' "Satisfaction" is essentially a three-note song so don't fuss over quantity of notes in a melody.
  2. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    And I'd wager that he has bagged more models than Michael Manring! That has to count for something.
  3. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Deep down he knows he sucks
  4. He is doing what most of us aspire to, but few of us achieve.
    He is doing what he loves and is getting paid the big, or should I say, the huge bucks to do it.
    Irrespective of his level of talent, he is playing exactly what U2 requires. God bless'm, the lucky bloke.
  5. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I have a sneaking suspicion that grandpa could whoop our asses if he had to.
  6. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    "irrespective to his level of talent"

    You said it all right there,Bub
  7. jbednarski


    May 31, 2010
    Chicago area
  8. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Possibly the top-paid eighth-note player in the world.....
  9. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I just heard an old U2 song I used to listen to all the time, "Two Hearts Beat As One". His tone and playing on that, and alot of other old stuff, was way "in your face" compared to what he's done for the last 15 years or so.
  10. CrashCarlisle


    Sep 13, 2011
    What the hell's wrong with Adam Clayton? I love his bass lines.
  11. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    U2 is a sonic puzzle. None of these guys are traditional in their space and the bass fits the slot very well. Not every bassist can survive in a 3 piece pop unit. There's nowhere to hide.
  12. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    They serve the songs well. Not overly flashy. Pretty straightforward, actually. I think I read an interview somewhere where AC acknowledged that his technical talent was pretty meat-and-potatoes. Then he said (to paraphrase), "But I AM the bass player for U2." And that pretty much summarizes the situation.
  13. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    I don't really like U2 , but I think Mr Clayton plays exactly what the songs need.
    He has my respect, people who are going to bash are probably just jealous.
    Real musicians respect other musicians.
  14. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    that's funny. Reminds me of Letterman's old line: "I'm David Letterman and you're not."
  15. Harper


    Nov 10, 2001
    Adam Clayton is a great bassist. I don't remember ever hearing a U2 song and thinking "Hey, this song is ok, but do you know what would *really* push it over the top? A BASS SOLO!".

    P.S. I usually don't subscribe to the "Band A is good because they sell millions of records and play to sell out crowds every night" line of thinking; when a band has been doing it for 30 years, however, they are probably onto something.
  16. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    +1000 This. Heck, Edge is a fairly 1-dimensional player too(OK, maybe 2 . . .). But as a band they created a sound and vibe and it just works. Plus as I understand it Clayton is an "idea guy" in the studio and brings a lot of conceptual things to the process. Far more important than being able to shred if you ask me.
  17. Really? Did he steal that from Chevy Chase? That was always what he used to say in the old fake news on SNL.
  18. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008

    Being able to perform great fretboard gymnastics doesn't make you a great musician. It makes you a great gymnast.

    I must be bored to get sucked into a thread like this.:oops:
  19. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008

  20. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Yes, that's Chevy's line. Dave copped it obviously.

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