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Encyclopedia > Two Minutes to Midnight
"Two Minutes to Midnight"
Two Minutes to Midnight cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Powerslave
Released 6th August 1984
Genre Heavy metal, NWOBHM
Length 5:59
Writer(s) Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Chart positions

11 (UK) Image File history File links Iron_Maiden_-_Two_Minutes_to_Midnight. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Powerslave is a studio album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in 1984. ... 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 1967 and 1974, took blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged in the late 70s, in part a reaction to the contemporary decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, all three of which had been submerged by a mixture of personal problems, tiredness and... 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 one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For Saturday Night Lives fictional record producer Bruce Dickinson, 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. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...

Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Trooper" (1983) "Two Minutes to Midnight" (1984) "Aces High" (1984)

"Two Minutes to Midnight" is an Iron Maiden song on the album Powerslave, taking place in a dim world on the brink of imminent Doomsday. The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aces High is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1984 Iron Maiden album Powerslave. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Iron Maiden is a very succesful New Wave of British heavy metal band from East London. ... Powerslave is a studio album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in 1984. ... Doomsday is a Christian term for the end of the world. ...

The song has references to the Doomsday Clock, the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Two minutes was the closest the clock ever came to "midnight", or the beginning of a nuclear holocaust. 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 song was written by Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith. Cover of a 2002 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists with the famous Doomsday Clock set at 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. ... Bruce Dickinson For Saturday Night Lives fictional record producer Bruce Dickinson, see More Cowbell. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

The single has two B-sides: Rainbow's Gold from the British band Beckett, and Mission From 'Arry, a funny offstage recording by Bruce Dickinson who taped a very strong discussion between bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... 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. ...

The song is also featured on the video collection Visions of the Beast. 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 - and also includes never-before-seen Camp Chaos animated versions of six classic tracks, interactive menus and discographies, and some special hidden extras. ...

The song can also be found on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ...

Iron Maiden
Members : Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Adrian Smith | Janick Gers | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
Paul Di'Anno | Dennis Stratton | Clive Burr | Blaze Bayley
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
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | Rock in Rio | Death on the Road
Compilations: Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | The Essential Iron Maiden
EPs and singles: Soundhouse Tapes | Running Free | Sanctuary | Women in Uniform | Twilight Zone | Purgatory | Maiden Japan | 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 (live) | 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 | No More Lies | The Number of the Beast (live) | The Trooper (live)
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

  Results from FactBites:
Doomsday Clock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (957 words)
It uses the analogy of the human race being at a time that is a 'few minutes to midnight' where midnight represents destruction by nuclear war.
The clock was started at seven minutes to midnight during the Cold War in 1947, and has subsequently been moved forwards or backwards at intervals, depending on the state of the world and the prospects for nuclear war.
The clock was last changed in 2002 back to seven minutes to midnight, after recent deterioration in international relations.
My Way - News (214 words)
The clock, created by directors of the magazine that has campaigned for nuclear disarmament since 1947, was last pushed forward by two minutes to seven minutes to midnight nearly a year ago amid concerns about the proliferation of nuclear, biological and other weapons and the threat of terrorism.
The clock, which was created in 1947 and initially set at seven minutes to midnight, has been moved 17 times.
It was as close as two minutes to midnight in 1953 following U.S. and Soviet hydrogen bomb tests, and as far away as 17 minutes to midnight in 1991 after the superpowers reached agreement on a nuclear arms reductions.
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