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Hip-0 label rounds up ‘Flamingos’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hip-O Records, the label which forced the world to put Pat Boone and Metallica in the same sentence, has inked the rights to release the soundtrack to John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos.” The film will be re-released in April by New Line Cinema as part of a 25th anniversary celebration of the pic.

The deal marks a coup for the growing label because it will feature liner notes written by Waters and because the film’s soundtrack was never released.

Waters is the second cult filmmaker Hip-O chief Bruce Resnikoff has tapped for liner notes.

He recently got Quentin Tarantino to write the liner of Hip-O’s “The Tarantino Connection” the label’s second release, which features tracks such as Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In the Middle With You” from “Reservoir Dogs” and “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill from “Pulp Fiction.”

Label shows its “Metal”

It is among the latest deals made by Hip-O, which had been started primarily as a Universal Music Group label offering mid-line catalog reissues, but has been put on the map via its first front-line priced title, “Pat Boone In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy.”

Hip-O Records will also support Pat Boone’s first club and college tour — indeed his first tour in 30 years — as part of an effort to take the crooner’s album to the next sales level.

“We’re going to continue to promote Pat’s album, especially in areas that continue to have these huge pockets of support,” Resnikoff told Daily Variety. Resnikoff, as exec veep/G.M. of Universal Music Special Markets, also fashions catalog product into albums.

Boone, who returned to the sales charts in late February after a 35-year absence, now holds the record for the longest period between hits than any other artist.

Boone’s boon

He will kick off the limited run in April in San Diego. Boone will hit the club circuit and colleges by tapping school bands to provide the musical support for his tracks, which are big- band versions of such hard rock nuggets as Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” or Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Comin’.”

The disc is receiving more widespread support, and mass merchants, such as WalMart, K-Mart and Target, have decided to stock the disc after seeing the public’s response.

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