2 Minutes To Midnight

“Jane has inspired me”:http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/1357/now-approaching-midnight to cite another “musical reference”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_clock#In_music to the BAS Doomsday Clock.

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The picture speaks for itself, but those few of you who are not familiar with the song can click “here”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Minutes_to_Midnight for more information.

I actually saw a documentary on metal the other night which fittingly had interviews with members of Iron Maiden, along with some old-school footage of them playing live with Paul Di’Anno.

And, just FYI, the Iron Maiden font was a top candidate for the font for the title of this blog. That would have been sweet.


Turns out that NRO, of all places, published “an article”:http://www.nationalreview.com/miller/miller200409150615.asp about 2 years ago celebrating the 20th anniversay of the _Powerslave_ album. Here’s that author’s take on the track I wrote about:

bq. The second song is one of Iron Maiden’s most familiar: “Two Minutes to Midnight.” It’s an anti-nuke tune whose politics aren’t exactly to my liking. Although the lyrics admit that “blood is freedom’s stain,” they also suggest that during the Cold War, both sides were deluded. The title is a reference to the *Doomsday Clock, whose main purpose is to serve as a propaganda tool of the Left.* None of this means that the boys in Iron Maiden are Commie symps — they aren’t — but a piece of me always has wished this song had been about Dunkirk or something. Still, the hooks are catchy and the lyrics are such that I enjoyed deciphering their meaning when I was 14 years old.


One thought on “2 Minutes To Midnight

  1. hass

    Paul – if you’re going to write an item on Iran resolution 1737 for Arms Control, and if you link to the resolution text, and if have a subheading entitled “Reaction from Iran” – it would be nice if you actually linked to the statement by Iranian Amb to UN Zarif on the topic too rather than some generic quotes. Zarif’s statement can be found on Iranian.com among other places –


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