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Two Minutes To Late Night

For nearly two endless pandemic years, Jordan Olds’ great video series Two Minutes To Late Night has been providing brief and necessary jolts of fun, rounding up heavy-music heavyweights to pay tribute to the songs of the past. Where 2M2LN was once a weekly deal, it’s more of a special-occasions deal these days. On Black Friday, for instance, the series saluted Metallica’s “Blackened.” And two days ago, on Christmas, Jordan Olds naturally posted a video of himself singing King Diamond’s “Halloween.”

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Jordan Olds’ great video series Two Minutes To Late Night is still full of surprises. In past weeks, Olds has rounded up all-star bands of punk, metal, and hardcore musicians to cover bands like Mountain, Ink & Dagger, and Metallica. (Olds also did a John Carpenter tribute all on his own.) And today, Two Minutes To Late Night has given us Vernon Reid shredding all over a Funkadelic classic.

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Jordan Olds’ great Two Minutes To Late Night video series has brought together a whole lot of heavy musicians to play all-star covers of classic songs, both of the heavy and non-heavy variety. Since the series started in the early pandemic era, most of those Two Minutes To Late Night covers have shown up on Monday mornings. But in recent months, the covers have been a little more conceptual. On Halloween, for instance, Olds played all the instruments in a solo salute to the film scores of John Carpenter. And a few days ago, on Black Friday, Two Minutes To Late Night celebrated the occasion with a new version of Metallica’s “Blackened.”

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The New York comedian Jordan Olds is the man behind the video series Two Minutes To Late Night, and he plays the show’s corpse-painted host Gwarsenio Hall. During the pandemic, Olds has taken part in dozens of remotely-recorded all-star cover versions; in the past few weeks, he’s given us awesome tributes to Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Mountain, and Ink & Dagger, roping in some of today’s finest punk and metal musicians in the process. But yesterday, for Halloween, Olds offered up a special treat. Olds gave his own salute to John Carpenter, and he did it on his own.

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You crazy for this one, Two Minutes To Late Night! For the entire pandemic era, the comedian Jordan Olds has been recruiting people from punk and metal bands to cover classic songs. Two weeks ago, for instance, it was members of Mastodon, High On Fire, and Yob doing Mountain’s “Never In My Life.” In the series’ latest Halloween-special edition, Two Minutes To Late Night digs deep and takes on Philadelphia hardcore cult heroes Ink & Dagger.

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Jordan Olds’ great video series Two Minutes To Late Night no longer drops a new all-star cover every week, the way it did in the early months of the pandemic. But the series is still going, and whenever it puts together one of those ad hoc remote-supergroup covers, it still absolutely rules. Two weeks ago, for instance, the series paid tribute to Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ version of “Stagger Lee.” Today, Two Minutes To Late Night salutes the great ’70s proto-metal hard rockers Mountain.

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Nick Cave’s version of “Stagger Lee” was already a kind of cover. On their 1996 album Murder Ballads, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds released a version of “Stagger Lee,” an old blues traditional about a murderous pimp. But Nick Cave did significantly Nick Cave-ify “Stagger Lee,” giving the song a whole new level of extremity. In Cave’s hands, for instance, Stagger Lee becomes the kind of person who says, “I’m a bad motherfucker, don’t you know, and I’ll crawl over fifty good pussies just to get to one fat boy’s asshole!”

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Toto have songs other than “Africa.” They even have songs other than “Africa” and “Rosanna.” In 1978, when the group of LA session musicians known as Toto got together as a band, their debut single was “Hold The Line.” The song fit comfortably into the smoother end of the late-’70s arena-rock landscape. “Hold The Line” reached #5 on the Hot 100, and it’s been in radio rotation ever since. Now, a month after the truly great hardcore take on the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind,” Jordan Olds’ recurring video series Two Minutes To Late Night has assembled a crew of metal all-stars to translate “Hold The Line” into a form that’s a whole lot less smooth.

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The AEW wrestler Orange Cassidy is an unlikely hero for our times. If you don’t watch wrestling, Cassidy’s whole gimmick is that he’s constantly bored by everything about him, and he can’t be bothered to actually do shit. He wrestles with his sunglasses on and his hands in his pockets, and whenever he does fire up and start beating someone’s ass, it’s overwhelmingly exciting. Cassidy has gone from cult-hero status to full-blown headliner, and now AEW has shelled out the money to start using the Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” as his entrance music. Today, Cassidy has shown up on a hardcore version of “Where Is My Mind,” the latest video from the Two Minutes To Late Night series.

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The 1986 animated classic Transformers: The Movie — known to those of us who were kids at the time as the one where Optimus Prime dies — wasn’t anywhere near as big a deal as any of the noisy Michael Bay live-action blockbusters of the ’00s and ’10s. But Transformers: The Movie arguably made some much larger cultural contributions than any of those Bay joints. For one thing, it’s an actual watchable film. For another, it’s the final film role of Orson Welles, who plays Unicron, a planet that eats other planets. And finally, Transformers: The Movie also gave the world “The Touch,” the amazingly cheesy Stan Bush song that still stands as the greatest example of the inspirational ’80s montage-rocker. Today, the world gets a new version of “The Touch.”

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