In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (CD)
Pat Boone spent much of the ‘80s and ‘90s out of the secular media spotlight, but in 1997 he made a splash – charting at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 chart – with “In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,” a tongue-in-cheek collection of Heavy Metal covers. Joining Boone on the record were some of the original artists like Ronnie James Dio and Alice Cooper.
Features Heavy Metal covers arranged in a Big Band style by the top arrangers in the business.
Originally Released Jan. 28, 1997
Features Heavy Metal covers arranged in a Big Band style by the top arrangers in the business (Tommy Oliver, Tom Scott, John Clayton, Bill Meyers, Michael Melvoin, Bob Florence, David Siebels, Ralph Carmichael, Don Menza, Allyn Ferguson, Jimmie Haskell, Sammy Nestico).
It was Dick Clark’s idea that Alice Cooper and Pat Boone present the award for “Hard Rock/Heavy Metal” at the 1997 American Music Awards. Much of the singer’s Christian contingent failed to get the joke.
What about a heavy metal album? (Excerpted from liner notes.)
Dave Siebels (Musical Director) and our band of youthful musicians and I were killing time between planes in England in 1987. One of the guys suggested again, “Hey Pat, why don’t we go in a studio and do some recording together?”
Dave said, “What about a heavy metal album?” And we all had a hearty laugh at the absurdity of the suggestion.
But Dave was serious…
The news hit the wire services, and our phones lit up; Larry King, Howard Stern, Entertainment Tonight, 48 Hours, People Magazine.
Bruce Resnikoff of MCA called me and said, “If you’re serious about this metal project, we want it.”
Even before we were joined by Sheila E., Lenny Castro, and Dweezil Zappa, the other all-star jazz players felt they were in “hog heaven,” playing together on these fantastic charts, live-to-two tracks at Ocean Way Studios. That’s pretty much the way it went.
The buzz was out, and we were visited by Alice Cooper, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham, Billy Preston, Paula Kelly and others. Ronnie James Dio, upon hearing that we were doing his Holy Diver (on his birthday) also came by and joined in.
It was a party, a slammin, raucous and musically heavy spine tingling celebration.
Who knows? Maybe this unprecedented mix of milk and metal may win over a whole new audience for these very worthy songs. That’s my hope, so party hearty, dude.
– Pat Boone
- You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
- Smoke On The Water
- It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)
- No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Love Hurts
- Enter Sandman
- Holy Diver
- Paradise City
- The Wind Cries Mary
- Crazy Train
- Stairway To Heaven
Produced by: Michael Lloyd, Jeffrey Weber
Associate Producer: Dave Siebels
In the years immediately prior to the British Invasion, only one performer rivaled the chart dominance of Elvis Presley, and that was Pat Boone. Boone was the very essence of wholesome American values. At a time when the rise of Rock ‘n Roll was viewed as a sign of the apocalypse, he made the music appear safe and non-threatening, earning some 38 Top 40 hits in the process.
Born Charles Eugene Patrick Boone on June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL and raised in Nashville, TN, “Pat” Boone attended high school in Nashville and sang in church with his brother Nick and family, and all over town at school affairs, community events, and on local TV and radio. Boone made his recording debut in 1954 on Republic Records, followed a year later by his Dot Records debut “Two Hearts, Two Kisses.” At the end of 1955 he notched his first No. 1 hit with a rendition of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame.”
Boone later recorded numerous songs originating from the likes of Little Richard, the El Dorados, the Flamingos and Ivory Joe Hunter. From 1956–1963 Boone accumulated nearly 54 chart appearances, many of them with two-sided hits. His most notable smashes included the No. 1 records “Don’t Forbid Me,” “Love Letters in the Sand” and “April Love,” all three issued in 1957. That same year he began hosting his own ABC television series “The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom,” which featured a number of top-name guests, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Connie Frances, Roy Rogers, Frankie Avalon, and Tony Bennett, among many others. Among his numerous awards and accolades, Boone has sold 45 million records worldwide, has 13 gold singles, two gold albums and a platinum album. He’s starred in 15 movies, including 1957’s Bernardine, and he has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003 Boone was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, along with Amy Grant and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Pat and Shirley, his wife of 63 years, live in Los Angeles, California. Their most cherished awards are their 4 daughters, 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.