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Encyclopedia > 2 Minutes to Midnight
"2 Minutes to Midnight"
[[Image:[1]|200px|"2 Minutes to Midnight" cover]]
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Powerslave
B-side(s) "Rainbow's Gold"
"Mission from 'Arry"
Released 6 August 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 6:04
Label EMI
Writer(s) Adrian Smith
Bruce Dickinson
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Chart positions
  • 11 (UK charts)
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Trooper"
(1983)
"Two Minutes to Midnight"
(1984)
"Aces High"
(1984)

"2 Minutes to Midnight" is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album. The single was released on 6th August 1984 and rose to number 11 on the UK charts. The song was written by Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... Powerslave is a studio album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in 1984. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1969 and 1974,[1] mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... Aces High is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1984 Iron Maiden album Powerslave. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from East London. ... Powerslave is a studio album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in 1984. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ...


The song has references to the Doomsday Clock, the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In September 1953 the clock reached 2 minutes to "midnight", the closest the clock ever got to "midnight". This occurred when the United States and Soviet Union tested thermonuclear weapons within nine months of one another. It can generally be interpreted as an anti-war song. The first guitar solo is played by Dave Murray followed by a guitar solo by Adrian Smith. The Doomsday Clock, at its current setting of seven minutes to Midnight. ... The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a journal concerned with global security issues, especially related to the dangers posed nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The b-side "Rainbow's Gold" is a cover song from British progressive rock band Beckett's one and only self-titled album. Adrian Smith played the song's guitar solo. "Mission from 'Arry" (also a b-side) is a recording of a strong argument between bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain. The argument happened during the band's World Piece Tour tour in 1983. During a drum solo by McBrain, Harris began to have trouble with his bass. Harris asked the first person he saw to tell McBrain to extend his drum solo, but McBrain didn't understand the person's message and got distracted enough to mess up his drum solo. After the show McBrain punched Harris' messenger and so the argument started. Half-way through the argument (when things were starting to cool down), vocalist Bruce Dickinson walked in and started the argument again. What Harris and McBrain didn't know was that Dickinson had a tape recorder in his back pocket. Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to prog rock, prog, or progrock) is a subgenre of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Paul Chambers, acclaimed jazz bassist A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, UK) is the bass player and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A session drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1954 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ...


The video of the song is featured on the video collection Visions of the Beast that was released in 2003. The song can also be found on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Visions of the Beast was released by Iron Maiden on June 2, 2003 and contains every video the band has ever made - 31 in total - until the year 2002. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ...


Track listing

  1. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson)= 6:04
  2. "Rainbow's Gold" (Beckett cover)= 4:57
  3. "Mission from 'Arry"= 6:43

Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ...

Credits

Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Janick Gers | Adrian Smith | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
List of past and present Iron Maiden members
Discography
Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | A Real Live Dead One | Rock in Rio | Beast Over Hammersmith | The BBC Archives | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: The First Ten Years | Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | The Essential Iron Maiden
Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes | Live!! +one | Maiden Japan | No More Lies
Singles
"Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | "The Number of the Beast (2005)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" | "Different World"
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"2 Minutes to Midnight" is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album.
The single was released on 6th August 1984 and rose to number 11 on the UK charts.
In September 1953 the clock reached 2 minutes to "midnight", the closest the clock ever got to "midnight".
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