Adam Clayton Chooses Songs on “Time to Listen”

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-10-24)

Update: October 24, 2019:

It appears that all of the songs had not been shared through the week. On the Sunday night omnibus show, Adam slipped in an additional song. The final song revealed by Adam was Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” About the song Clayton said, “When I was starting out in a band around 14 and 15, music saved my life. At the time I was closed down. I didn’t feel like I fitted in anywhere. I had a low-level depression but in some way music used to lift me. There was something in music that was maybe on a spiritual and an emotional dimension seemed to shift the DNA in me, it seemed to change my mood. As a teenager with hormones kind of racing through me and it seemed to be rock music that had that effect on me. And at the time Slade were very big in the mid-seventies, they had this track called ‘Cum On Feel the Noize’ and it just seemed to be a way of calling the tribes people together. It didn’t seem to matter how you were feeling, what was going on, but you could just get into the music and get into the sound. For me that carried me for a long, long time, songs like that… just kind of papering over the cracks.”

All of the songs that Adam Clayton chose for last week are listed on a special Absolute Radio article, which also includes his commentary on the tracks and links to listen to the songs.

Original Story: October 17, 2019:

Adam Clayton has appeared all week long on Absolute Radio in the UK, on Danielle Perry’s show. The show was focused this week on promotion of mental health conversations, and throughout the week a special segment called “Time to Listen” aired. Adam Clayton appeared on the segment on each of four nights, starting Monday October 14, and wrapping up on Thursday October 17.

The four songs that Adam chose to highlight this week are the following:

  • “Substitute” by The Who
  • “Into the Valley” by The Skids
  • “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles
  • “Anarchy in the UK” by The Sex Pistols

Adam Clayton has been supporting mental health initiatives for many years, most notably for his work with Walk In My Shoes in Ireland.

The members of U2 have often contributed playlists to various publications and we have collected others here, including Adam Clayton’s all time favourite tracks which he contributed to GQ. Although that playlist contained tracks from The Who, The Beatles and The Sex Pistols, none of the songs listed above were included in the list.

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