After seeing that about 8,000 copies of Pat Boone’s new heavy metal album were sold during its first week in stores, Calendar is wondering what attracted buyers to the big-band arrangements and milquetoast vocals on such classic rock tracks as Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” Van Halen’s “Panama” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
Did you buy “Pat Boone in a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy"--which is No. 125 on Billboard’s national sales chart this week--as a gag gift? Did you actually think it would rock hard, dude? Do you own stock in MCA? Are you related to Pat?
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