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Poll: Cliff Williams or Adam Clayton

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

  1. Cliff Williams

  2. Adam Clayton

  1. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    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. Cliff. I just like AC/DC better.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    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

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    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


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I'd pick Adam so I could tell him off about U2 being around 20 years longer than they should have.
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    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


    Jan 31, 2009
    LOL. :D
  9. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    I'd pick Clayton. He writes catchier lines that are still simple and yet completely in the pocket.
  10. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Is this really a question? Candy ass U2 bass player or cliff????
  11. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
  12. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    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


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Cliff is a much better bassist than he lets on with AC/DC, plus he's airtight and rock solid.
  14. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Just playing earlier but I do like cliff more.
  15. 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. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    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


    Feb 22, 2013
    I don't like U2. I do like AC/DC. Cliff.
  18. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Cliff rocks:
  19. Cliff all the way man, rock solid pocket playing. To me he is the epitome of rock playing.