This week marks the 20th anniversary of a Van Halen cover which no one expected!
In January 1997, the king of schmaltz, Pat Boone, laughed his way up the charts with a cover of Van Halen’s “Panama” from his album In a Metal Mood – No More Mr. Nice Guy. The entire album consisted of hard rock and heavy metal songs covered in a Las Vegas, jazz-type style by the 1950s Christian pop idol.
Listen to Pat Boone’s campy, ironic version of “Panama” above.
For more info on this album, check out this article by our friends at Ultimate Classic Rock.