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June 28th, 2005

Best Bass Performance (Fourth in a Series) @ 03:59 pm

thanks4thefish:
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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From:socialcrazed
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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That's pretty much my list... though I'd substitute "Love and Peace" for "A Sort of Homecoming." Brilliant song as a whole, but I become a slave to that bass part as soon as it kicks in.
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From:cherrystarz
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Until The End of the World or Even Better Than the Real Thing
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From:fiveandfour
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my husband would vigorously demand that You're So Cruel and Bullet the Blue Sky get the attention they are due....so I've said it for him now :).
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From:maro_chik
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I really love the bassline for Love Comes Tumbling. I never really payed any attention to it until a few listens ago - it's quite awesome.
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From:zooropababy
Date:June 28th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Seconds.
As much as I love New Year's Day, Seconds... well, his bass line is constantly moving in Seconds, never a repeated note. New Year's Day repeats. Granted, we'll probably never hear Seconds live again, but... it's up there for me.
Other than that... I've always loved Lemon's bass line. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car as well.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:June 28th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I totally forgot Lemon. Oh well, too late to amend my list.
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From:volare
Date:June 28th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
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EXIT

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From:eidolon_bird
Date:June 29th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
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The entirety of Pop should be added to the list - Please, If You Wear that Velvet Dress, Do You Feel Loved, Mofo...  Adam *is* Pop.

Also, the bass line of Gloria has been absolutely divine in recent live performances.
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From:reecord2
Date:June 29th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
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STATELESS STATELESS STATELESS!

Honorable Mentions:
Gone, Last Night on Earth.... ah heck the person above was right, all of Pop is sheer bass brilliance.
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From:wydok
Date:June 30th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
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I'd through a lot of Zoopora on the list, because Zooropa was a very rythm based album. Like Dirty Day and Some Days Are Better Than Others.

But I agree that New Year's Day is Adam at his best.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 5th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)

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Hell yeah, New Year's Day wins hands-down. It's one of the most instantly recognisable basslines ever.

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