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Why hate Adam Clayton?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassguppy, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

  2. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I got nothing against the guy. His bass lines are extremely important to the music.
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I like some of their songs but I am not a big fan of U2. I think Adam Clayton is underrated. His bass lines are very simplistic but he has great timing and plays exactly what is right for the song.
  4. Jealousy
  5. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I just don't like U2, nothing against their bass player.
  6. If there are at least a dozen threads then why start another one? :)

    U2 was a huge influence on me as a pre-teen, I'd love to have Adam's gig.
  7. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    I think he's the perfect bassplayer for U2.
  8. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

    Well my thread is regarding Adam Clayton's $8M apartment and how I hate him for it. ;)
  9. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    My sentiment exactly! The singer's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard........can't stand it! (IMO, of course). But I have nothing against the bassist. I just feel sorry for him having to constantly listen to that singer. Painful!!
  10. I recently found out my favorite Adam Clayton bassline ("40") is actually The Edge. ;)

    Check out the look Bono gives Adam-on-guitar at 0:15! ;)
  11. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    My band once covered "with or without you" on a gig and I nearly fell asleep doing four chords over and over. It's really hard to try and not embellish it like I usually would... my job was playing metronome and adjust dynamics to each part of the song... try to do the former with a drummer who plays hockey with his kit on gigs.

    Nothing against Clayton or 8th note pumpers but that just ain't my kind of music. 'Elevation' for example is a pretty kickass song though. So it certainly is not about a lack of talent!
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
  13. My old ska band played an uptempo skanking version of "With or Without You"---always got a good crowd reaction! :)
  14. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I didn't watch the whole thing, but, that's beautiful.

    Was that Adam on guitar while The Edge covered bass?
  15. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Wow. More evidence of how our differences make the good world go round. I couldn't disagree more. Fingernails on a chalkboard? Wow.
  16. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Maybe you just missed the beauty of the music. I'd have chills playing that tune, not a fight to keep awake.
  17. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    I wish I had a voice like Bono's.

    And Adam Clayton's gig too.
  18. Adam wasn't present for the recording session, so it's Edge on both bass and guitar on the LP. When they play it live, Adam plays guitar and Edge plays bass.

    I like the bass line because it carries the song similar to Peter Hook's line on New Order's "Ceremony," another early influence of mine.
  19. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Well it's not really the fault of the song itself actually but the playing conditions were downright awful...

    Singer couldn't hit a note to save his life (we had a friend doing a guest appearance and he totally crapped all over the song) and the drummer went crazy :rollno: with a distinct lack of steadiness in timing by the end of the song we played it like 20 bpm faster than we started... (and once the drummer thrashes away there's no stopping him - go with his timing or play the song 'out of time', nice choice right there innit)

    There was no magic to be found there... (maybe I wasn't so much falling asleep as being too totally embarrassed) also the reason why guest appearances are a big no-no for us now... (and the guy could sing it at rehearsal, go figure). I for one will never do that again, though the band considers doing With or Without You actually, but the singer veto'd it. I wouldn't actually mind if we did actually, but keep that singer away from me... :atoz:
  20. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Yep. His voice grates on me almost as much as the singer in Foreigner (...almost). Whenever my wife and I are driving somewhere while listening to the radio, we make it a game to see which one of us can change the station the fastest whenever we hear a U2 or Foreigner song begin. (But don't worry, we always carry an extra package of barf bags in the car in case we aren't fast enough to change the station.)

    But I completely agree with you about the beauty of having differing opinions. The last place I would ever want to exist is where everyone liked the same thing. What a freakish science fiction world that would be! I'm sure I like some music that others can't stand. It's all good! :bassist: