thanks4thefish (thanks4thefish) wrote in u2,

Best Bass Performance (Fourth in a Series)

In our ongoing look at the best individual performances, we now move on to the second (but no less important) half of the rythym section in our favorite band...

Which U2 song is Adam Clayton's best performance on the bass?

Like all the other categories, there are several ways to come at this. Adam has a knack for pulling a very funk bass riff that takes over a song. But similarly, some of U2's best and most powerful songs only involve a few simple bass notes repeated ad infinitum (e.g. With or Without You)...yet the bass piece is no less a factor in the song being a classic. My choice:

New Year's Day

It's a hard pick because there are many choices, but Adam's bass rife owns and drives this song like no other. I've been to many U2 shows, and while I personally think NYD should have been retired from the live catalogue years ago, I'm always amazed at this bass line's ability to whip a crowd into a frenzy.

Honorable Mentions:

Love and Peace or Else
City of Blinding Lights
With or Without You
Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World.
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