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Quiet Riot

For a very brief moment, Quiet Riot was a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart (a claim that greatly depends on one's exact definition of heavy metal), the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. But Quiet Riot's road to success had in fact been long and arduous, and when their star power subsequently began to fade, their fall from grace was ironically accelerated by the man who was most responsible for taking them to the top: singer Kevin DuBrow. Unable to suppress his infamous motor mouth from assaulting many of Quiet Riot's peers, DuBrow gradually alienated his fans and fellow musicians, and in the face of plummeting record sales, faced the iniquity of being fired from his own band. The dust eventually settled and DuBrow was able to resurrect Quiet Riot in the 1990s, but despite their best efforts, the once chart-topping band would remain forever exiled to the fringes of pop conscience, and what might once have been a full chapter in rock history has instead become little more than a footnote.

The story of Quiet Riot begins with vocalist Kevin DuBrow and guitarist Randy Rhoads, who started the band in 1975 after disbanding an earlier project named Violet Fox, and completed their first lineup with bassist Kelli Garni and drummer Drew Forsyth. Along with local scene contemporaries like Van Halen, Xciter, and London, the band thrilled audiences packing the L.A. nightclubs, but found it difficult to land a record deal during the disco-dominated late '70s. Eventually securing a contract with Columbia Records in Japan, they recorded two moderately successful albums -- a 1978 eponymous debut and 1979's Quiet Riot II, featuring new bassist Rudy Sarzo -- before losing Rhoads (and later Sarzo) to Ozzy Osbourne's band (and later a tragic plane accident, rock & roll martyrdom, immortality, etc.). Quiet Riot disbanded and DuBrow formed a new band under his own name, working with several musicians over the next few years before signing with independent Pasha Records, reverting to the Quiet Riot moniker, and entering the studio with new guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright to start work on a new album. The year was 1982 and, following Randy Rhoads' well-documented demise, former henchman Sarzo quit Ozzy, pushed Wright out of the way, and brought friend and drummer Frankie Banali into the fold to complete the lineup and sessions for what would become 1983's Metal Health. Driven by the irresistible double whammy of the title track's muscular bassline (reputedly played by Wright before his dismissal) and a raucous rendition of the old Slade chestnut "C*m on Feel the Noize," the album stormed up the U.S. charts, duly reaching the number one spot and going platinum five times over in the process. Their unexpected success shocked everyone, not least of which the bandmembers, who found it pretty hard to cope with sudden stardom and the pitfalls that came with it.

Pressured to capitalize on their hot streak, Quiet Riot was rushed back into the studio to whip together 1984's Condition Critical, but unsurprisingly, the album was little more than a weak carbon copy of Metal Health -- even sinking so low as to include another chart-ready Slade cover in "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." Fans were unimpressed, and panic set in as the band watched the record quickly sliding off the charts to make way for fresher, up-and-coming L.A. glam metal contenders like Mötley Crüe and Ratt. An incensed DuBrow went on a rampage, incessantly slagging fellow metal bands, members of the press, and his own record company, in the process quite literally burning most every bridge he'd worked so hard to build. The abusive behavior also began wearing on his band mates, and by the time they re-grouped to launch a comeback with 1986's QR III, Sarzo was long gone (later joining Whitesnake) and had been replaced by former bassist Chuck Wright, most recently working with Giuffria. A failed experiment in ultra-glossy '80s metal, QR III was a third-rate Hysteria possessing none of its predecessor's blue-collar grit and became an even bigger flop, sending Quiet Riot into an irreversible tailspin. Mounting tension resulted in an all-out band mutiny at tour's end, with DuBrow finding himself abandoned at the hotel in Hawaii, while the remaining musicians and crew left on an earlier flight back to L.A. Furious, he watched in disbelief from the sidelines as Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino stepped into his shoes and recorded 1988's simply named Quiet Riot with Cavazo, Banali, and new bassist Sean McNabb. The album's absolutely abysmal sales offered little consolation, and DuBrow finally gave up on diplomacy and filed an injunction against his former colleagues (apparently he still owned rights to the name), successfully bringing Quiet Riot to a stuttering halt. Frankie Banali said "good riddance" and jumped ship to join L.A. shock-metal kings W.A.S.P., while the remaining bandmembers went to ground.

Then, come 1991, DuBrow and Cavazo began working together once again in a band called Heat. In time, they began using the Quiet Riot name once again, eventually recording 1993's Terrified with bassist Kenny Hillery and a returning Banali. Down to the Bone followed two years later, and in 1997, a one-off performance at a party hosted by industrial shock rocker Marilyn Manson lured bassist Rudy Sarzo back to the fold. With their classic lineup intact once again, a re-energized Quiet Riot hit the road playing clubs across America. Public response was less than enthusiastic, however, and the band usually couldn't get arrested -- except for DuBrow, who spent a night in jail after a tour stop in Charlotte, NC, where an irate fan had sued him for injuries sustained at a previous show. This and other roadside misadventures were captured on 1999's optimistically named Alive and Well live album, and 2001 saw the release of Guilty Pleasures, the first recording by the band's classic lineup in 17 years. Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, said album wasn't able to capture lightning in a bottle for a second time, and Quiet Riot quietly broke up shortly thereafter. Unwilling to put the band to rest, DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Neil Citron and bassist Tony Franklin for the recording of Rehab in 2006. Sadly, at age 52, DuBrow's singing career was cut short. His body was found in his Las Vegas apartment on Sunday, November 25, 2007. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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I don't know who' s in the band
I see all the band mates use different names how come I wasn't able to do that
I wish I could of lived my teenage and college years to this generations music!! \m/
Love quiet riot!! mental health will drive u mad!!!!!!!!! !
!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
girls rock your boys...
Favorite song by Quiet Riot "C*m on feel the noize. Girls rock your boys"
80s in a nutshell
Come on feel the noize girls rock your boyz we'll get wild, wild, wild ♥ :D
Love this song!!
Quiet riot is the best!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I love it, even though I am a little late to hear it
Good song
Too bad Kevin had to overdose on cocaine.
Haha I remember the first time I heard quiet riot I was 8 watching footloose 1986 version and fell in love now being 14 still lovin them and any other 80's band especially the hard rock!!
onlydeaf
Classic Rock 80's is the best
This song is sweet!!!!
8======D ;)
BANG YOUR HEAD!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Every time I hear this song I automaticall y start rocking out, and yes, I even mouth the words.
quiet riot is good band my birthday coming this month
do you feel the noize?
Come on and feel the noise!!! And girls ROCK your boys and always <3 them forever in your heart.... $$$ 509 $$$
Come on feel the noise!!!!!!! ! ! ! < 3 < 3 LOVE IT!!!!!
Rockin' the 80's tonight..
..<3..
Lookin for followers, followers that drink and jam to old school rock tunes. Come on. Lol :D
Lol my dads side loves rock n roll same with me but then there's my moms side and really I don't care how much they tell me rock is evil cause I love rock n roll ROCK ON!
Love the song
mdanfang4
I love this song. It literally rocks :)!!!!! Follow for follow
lynncalkins
Saw them in Jackson MS in a small bar...it was great...i was front row...excell e n t :) good times :)
They almost played in small bar in niles, mich. But guess they said, " Nope. That was my hang out bar.
I CAN NOT IMAGINE BEING AT ONE OF THEIR CONCERTS
What I always got troubled with is that the song is by a guy but he says girls rock your boys? So he will get rocked by his gf on his own song? P.S. Follow for a follow
Rock out with your c**k out
Great solo from Carlos Cavazo. Nothing like the original. They made it their own.
Love this jam...
RE:
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a week day
5. Say your name
7. Post this on 15 songs and your crush will tell you he likes you and ask you out on the day you said! Good luck!!!! :)

1. $100
2. Asian Massage Parlor
3. Happy Ending
4. Repeat as needed
Deep lyrics
Gotta love that feel good 80's rock & metal,I do!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND REMEMBER TO ON \m/ ROCKING ON \m/
Love this band they really knew how 2 rock!!!!!
First metal album to go to #1. That was a big deal in 1983 when people actually went to the store to purchase music.
This is one of the best rock songs of the 80s
Mental health ! Right up my alley. Lol
Luv it...come on feel the noise...Yeah Yeah yeah
possible look at nikki sixx the bassist for motley crue
quiet riot is like a great line of coke back in the day.
Lol c*m lol also Caseydixon19 ur friend is stupid know body can do that much crack and live
One friend told me that this guy took enough cr**k to kill 12 people what a trooper.
P.S great song
no metal health is their best!
no metal health is their best!
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