Adam Clayton, the oldest guy of the band, was born on March 13th,
1960 in Chinner, (Oxfordshire, England) to Brian and Jo Clayton.
His sister, Sarah Jane or "Sindy" was born a few years later,
to be followed by Sebastian (born in Dublin). When Adam was 5,
the family moved to Malahide where Adam was shipped off to private
boarding schools. Brian Clayton was a pilot for Aer Lingus and his
job could require him to leave at a moments notice, so having Adam in
a permanent home was good. However, Adam hated it.
He never liked school. He was a slacker, hated team sports, hated
rules, regulations, and all that stuff. Moving onto high school, Mount Temple
- where the Clayton's money would not be wasted - Adam had even more
fun. He dressed hippy (glasses, coat and beads), occassionally
streaked the halls, and hung out with the cool kids. Music or comedy
was what he wanted to do, but not school. He jumped at the chance to be in
a band, and after the formation of Feedback
he threw everything he had into making it happen. Adam was expelled
from school later, and he became U2's manager - this was decsive to
the band. Adam went out, talked to people about the music business,
tried to get gigs - basically organizing what U2 did and when.
Later, when the band got Paul McGuiness, they would turn out to be
(This is for more than one reason. Adam was the only non-religious
person among them. Paul didn't buy into it as much as Bono,
Edge, and Larry did,
so the two often sided with each other in arguments.)
Adam was the first person who believed in U2. He and was their first
driving force. His qwerky personality still keeps them going. And
what's with the Madam-I'm-Adam title ? Well you see, Adam's fashion
sense is a little ecclectic and he likes to wear dresses.
And he actually did get a chance to wear a dress onstage when U2
played as their own opening act - The Alton Brothers Band. U2 dressed
up in wigs and some ugly shirts and played country songs. Adam was
Betty, Bono was Alton, Edge
was Luke and Larry was Duke.
Most of the crowd didn't even realize it was the boys !
Musically, Adam is part of U2's "rhythm section" with
Larry Mullen. Together, they form the
backbone of all the sounds, the heart beat if you will. Adam has
never contributed lyric wise like Edge ever
has, and he has yet to sing a part on any album (that I know of, that
is.) However he did speak a part on the Passenger's
album on Your Blue Room and on the new
version of Tomorrow on
In Adam's love life, there was Naomi Campbell, to whom he was engaged.
Naomi is the supermodel who walks into glass doors, y'know, that
one. When the band was asked what they wished they had, Adam's
response was Naomi Campbell.
That was before Bono
had met her on a plane and snagged her away to some dinner where Adam
and the band would be. Sure enough he tripped all over his words and
she was not impressed. Through some other chance meetings, the two fell
in love, and got engaged. But they broke up just as fast as they got
With Adam and alcohol, drugs, etc., let's just say that Adam's always
been the wildest member of U2. Adam got rip-roaring drunk one night
during the Zoo TV Tour. He was so shitfaced he missed the gig, and his
roadie Stu had to stand in for him. (Bass, what bass? Stu TV, Stuart
Rocks, StuRopa!) Adam's done stupider stuff before, like being busted
for marijuana possesion with intent to sell. The charges were steeped
down to possession, and he donated some cash to charities and such.
But still. Y'know Adam is a wild and crazy guy...
After that night in Sydney, Adam swore off drinking. During the break
between Zoo and the recording of the next album, Adam's guardian angel
Larry dragged him off to New York to study
music with him. Hope he's keeping to it !
But this guy is still cool !
On a final, humourous note about Adam and Achtung Baby,
according to the bassist:
"- Depending on the Photography, there would've
been a much bigger fifth member on the sleeve."
If you see the picture
of him with an X or a Clover, you'll know what I'm talking about. :)
In more recent news, Adam and Larry rewrote
the themes for
Mission Impossible - The Movie
and he also worked on other stuff outise
Adam has also buzzed his head so he looks like a peach. But that's
just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Last Updated: May 30, 1997.
*Última Actualização: 30 de Maio de 1997.