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Old 04-05-2002, 10:44 PM   #1
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Adam on the New Album: 10 songs finished

Here is the article from today's Rolling Stone...


Adam Clayton - The Bassman Speaks
Will there be a new U2 album this year? After four Grammys and eight months on the road, Clayton says they're in the studio and "playing much better now."

Rolling Stone, April 04, 2002


David Fricke

[From the April 25, 2002 issue]


"I hate to make predictions," U2 bassist Adam Clayton says with a soft chuckle, as if he's afraid someone will hear him over the midday buzz in the lobby of his lower-Manhattan hotel. "If we get six tunes, maybe that will roll into a project." He pauses for emphasis. "Maybe."

As you read this, U2 are at work in their Dublin studio, where they plan to stay until June, jamming, writing and revisiting outtakes from their latest album, the Grammy-winning All That You Can't Leave Behind. Their intention: to start, and possibly finish, a new record this year. Clayton, singer Bono, guitarist the Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have already been in the studio twice since their last U.S. show on December 2nd, 2001, and Clayton claims that, even after a year of touring, U2 are anything but toast.

"One advantage of playing arenas is that the band is playing much better now," he says cheerfully, dressed with quiet style in a dark-red T-shirt, loose khaki slacks and a gray hooded jacket. "We can actually hear each other onstage. So the band sounds good." The same, he adds, goes for the feast of unissued songs from the sessions for Can't Leave Behind. "Everything we had left over was finished, which was unusual for us. There are maybe another ten pieces that are more immediate, slightly poppier, tunes that I know will turn up." Clayton smiles. "Because they're good."

He then explains what happens behind those studio doors: "Nowadays, Edge tends to do his homework and discipline some chord sequences. Then, as a group, we find an interpretation, a unique way they fit together. Or a sound will get thrown out from a jam, and we figure out a melody to go with it." Clayton cites two examples from Can't Leave Behind: " 'Elevation' came from a sound, that abrasive guitar: 'We've really got to do something with that.' 'Walk On' was two songs that both had great chords but weren't great songs." He laughs. "We sewed them together."

Clayton -- the oldest member of U2 (he turned forty-two on March 13th) and, along with the Edge, part of the English-born half of the band -- remains amazed by the sustained power of Can't Leave Behind. It was a record written, he says, "about the journey we'd been through as a band, as men in relationships, as sons of mothers and fathers. It was about the baggage that you have to live with, the sense of loss, like the fact that Bono's father was terminally ill through that whole period."

September 11th changed that. "Suddenly, this happened to America as a whole," Clayton says with lingering shock, "which means people reassess your record and music in a totally different way." When U2 pulled into New York's Madison Square Garden in October, "it was like when we played Sarajevo [in 1997], where the act of the band being there was just a reason for everybody to come out. At the Garden, everyone turned up because they knew the band would be onstage at nine o'clock. But as crazy as those shows were, it was the audience taking us on a journey, not us taking them."

U2 are done with the road -- for now. But even with another record looming, Clayton does not fret about Bono's manic commuting between U2 and his twin crusades: third-world debt relief and the AIDS crisis in Africa. For instance, Bono spent most of his Super Bowl weekend, between rehearsals in New Orleans for U2's halftime show and the game itself, in New York at the World Economic Forum.

"We wouldn't get any more of him if he wasn't doing this stuff," Clayton says, noting that it's great fun to watch Bono turn his acuity and Irish charm on politicians and CEOs. "These guys don't expect him to have a grasp of the subject matter. He's able to go in with the facts and figures, talk circles around them, and suddenly, where they thought they were just going to get their picture taken with him, he's gotten something out of them before the picture.

"You can't deny the penetration he has achieved," Clayton says. "And it makes the rest of us realize that what we do is important to the group. We need to keep it going forward, to allow him to come in and out. Bono has a legitimate reason not to be around all the time. And we have a legitimate reason to make sure that the time we are all together is used wisely."


2002 by Rolling Stone LLC


What is are "more immediate poppy tunes"?

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Old 04-05-2002, 11:06 PM   #2
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Hello.....Is anybody out there. I guess it is Friday night. I guess that they have 10 songs in the bag but want six more rocking songs to make 16. 11 or 12 for the album, one for the Gangs of New York sound track (A Man's a Man) and 3 or 4 b-sides. Sounds good to me.

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Old 04-05-2002, 11:25 PM   #3
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Here are the songs listed on the summer 2000 issue of Propaganda that were not included on ATYCLB.

1. Yesterday and Tomorrow
2. Original of the Species
3. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars
4. Jubilee
5. Bulldozer
6. Love and Peace
7. Stranded
8. Sometime
9. Home (probably merged into Walk on as mentioned by Adam in above article.

(10. A Man's a Man)


These are likely the 10 songs he is referring to.

Some of the new songs mentioned for the "six" needed to finish are

1. Electrical Strom
2. On Step CLoser to Knowing
3. You Can't Give Your Heart Away
4. We Love You (from Elevation show)

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Old 04-05-2002, 11:28 PM   #4
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sounds good to me, the sooner we hear some of them the better! I don't understand why they sit on so many songs if they are that good, it would be sad and disappointing if you told me it was about "marketing strategies"
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Let's keep our fingers crossed that they can get something together this year. Although if their track record is anything to go by...
*New U2 album - to be released Winter 2005* LOL

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What about "Tough"
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yep, posted about this a few days ago.
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Dont forget 'Levitation', I remember Bono or Edge saying in an interview that the band wished they would have put this on ATYCLB.
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There are maybe another ten pieces that are more immediate, slightly poppier, tunes that I know will turn up." Clayton smiles

hmmm..Does this mean my dream of a rock album is dead?

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Electrical Storm
Untidy Life
Nosejob
Origin of the Species
Yesterday and Tomorrow
Sun Moon Stars
Novelty Act
Sometime
Stir My Soul
Stranded
Bulldozer
Jesus Drove Me
Tough
She's gonna blow your house down
Piano: Poem
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
A Man's a Man
You can't give your heart away
I Love You
Jubilee
Landscape
Cry Baby
Indian Jam
Sponge
Lose Control
Levitation

this is a kind of master list...from achtung baby on.....
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Nosejob
Origin of the Species
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Lose Control
playboy mansion
wild honey
stuck
elevation
?

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i know that Hymn to the Universe was playboy mansion.....

haven't heard that origin of the species was wild honey.
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"One Step Closer To Knowing"?

That sounds disturbingly like something Celine Dion would perform.

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"One Step Closer To Knowing"?

That sounds disturbingly like something Celine Dion would perform.

Actually it reminds me of Linkin Park

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Is anyone upset about the poppier tunes comment in the RS article? This would be horrible. I thought they were belting out punk tunes.

I would have thought that U2 would have used thier recent success to subvert the top 40 as opposed to joining it. Where is the ROCK?!
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I wouldn't get upset or happy or show any emotions. Bono has come out and said, PUNK ROCK, Adam now has said POP, who knows what's going on. I'm sure Edge and Larry would say something different too.

I would assume that there may be some poppier tunes left over. I also believe there are some rock tunes that didn't make it. As far as these tunes making it to the next album...who knows.

I read an interview a LONG time ago, right as U2 were in the studio for ATYCLB. Brian Eno was talking about how U2 wanted these big ROCK songs, but he was more into soul and was persuading U2 to dive into that area. As it turns out, the album ended up more like what Eno was talking about, and not Bono, Adam, or Edge had said.

If we can find out who's producing this album. I think that'll give us a better idea of what the sound will be like
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