Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums :
Artist : Quiet Riot
Album : Metal Health
Released : March 11, 1983
Metal Mofo Album Rating : 4.5/5 (The First Album With The Heavy Metal Genre Label To Go To Number One On The Billboard Top 100 Album Chart)
How about some respect for Quiet Riot today ! After all it was them, and their third album “Metal Health” that opened the door for many Metal, and Hard Rock acts to finally get noticed by the big record companies. Yes, it was Metal Health, released on this day 34 years ago that became the very first album to ever be labeled as “Heavy Metal” that would go to number one on the billboard album charts. A pretty amazing feat at the time indeed. And with record companies being the way they are meant any band that sounded or resembled Quiet Riot would get signed to a major record deal. This would open the door for countless bands like Motley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, just to name a few.
We should be remembering Quiet Riot as one of the greatest bands of that time period, but it wouldn’t work out that way. Originally having legendary guitar player Randy Rhoads in the band they couldn’t get signed by anyone. They would finally go to Japan to record their first two albums (unreleased to this day in America out of respect for Randy’s dislike of them). Randy would end up leaving the band to join Ozzy Osbourne, and leaving Quiet Riot as Kevin Dubrow would say “dead in the water”. A few years later though lead singer Kevin Dubrow would get a record deal with new members guitar player Carlos Cavazo, bass player Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Frankie Banali.
One song the band was dead set against recording was a cover of an old Slade song called “Cum On Feel The Noize”. In fact the band tried to do such a terrible job recording the song that hopefully the record company would leave it off the album. That would be the song that would break the band into the big time. Along with the title track, the album became such a huge success that it seemed nothing could stop the band but themselves, and that’s exactly what happened.
It always seemed that Quiet Riot was one good songwriter away from staying relevant. Had Randy Rhoads been in the band with these musicians the sky could’ve been the limit, because he was a great songwriter. Plus the fact that lead singer Kevin DuBrow had become an obnoxious jerk. Calling out other bands, saying they sucked, and wouldn’t be successful if it wasn’t for him. Also saying Quiet Riot was the second coming of The Beatles. The follow-up album to Metal Heath known as Condition Critical would prove the band was heading in the wrong direction.
By the late 1980s Kevin DuBrow was fired out of the band he formed, and Quiet Riot was irrelevant. It was a sad end to a band with so much potential. That being said though you can’t take away the importance to who the band was in the history of Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. Metal Health will always be one of the highlights of the early 1980s. If you haven’t heard it in awhile give it a listen, and you’ll wonder why they never achieved the greatness they seemed destined for.
On a side note there is a great new documentary on the band made by Frankie Banali, definitely worth checking out.
1 Bang Your Head (DuBrow, Cavazo, Banali) – 5:16
2 Cum on Feel the Noize (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) – 4:51
3 Don’t Wanna Let You Go (DuBrow, Cavazo) – 4:42
4 Slick Black Cadillac (DuBrow, Randy Rhoads) – 4:12
5 Love’s a Bitch (DuBrow) – 4:11
1 Breathless (DuBrow, Cavazo) – 3:51
2 Run for Cover (DuBrow, Cavazo) – 3:38
3 Battle Axe (Cavazo) – 1:38
4 Let’s Get Crazy (DuBrow) – 4:08
5 Thunderbird (DuBrow) – 4:43