In 1997, metal music was pretty much over–grunge had killed it. But that year, Pat Boone released In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, his white bread covers of metal music. It was his first hit album in 35 years. It also pissed off a lot of people because metal was supposed to be the music of SATAN and Pat Boone was an evangelical with a television program on Trinity Broadcast Network, Gospel America. After an appearance wearing black leather and studs on the American Music Awards, clad in his metal garb, he was fired from Gospel America.
But Pat met with Paul Crouch, head of TBN, and was reinstated after he explained he was simply parodying himself. Pat was back on the air. Boone was friends and golfing buddies with Alice Cooper and the two conceived of the idea, which seems pretty funny and bizarrely hiply unhip. I mean Pat Boone sanitized some of the greatest songs of all time, like “Sha-boom” and “Tutti Frutti,” so why not give a full on white bread treatment to metal?
The result is the stuff of nightmares. But in a very good way.