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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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Comments

Dang one of the few bands I didn't make priority to see live
maidafinch
C* m feel the noise girls rocking boy
GTA Vice city, but still a great song!
jwardfelice
Why is c*m bleeped out in C*m On Feel The Noize?
Why is c*m censored
Los amos is love
I always thought this was Twisted Sister...
Guess you really do learn something new every day :P
Winners Take All......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rock it !!!!
chale vice city days mane
long live rock
!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Dr. Dooms favorite album cover!
METAL HEALTH!!!!!! ! ! !
Gta vice city!!!! I love this song
What are you talking about, Van Halen embarrassed them. F**k Van Halen. ....Randy Rhoads! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
F**k this song is badass may i say
To bad van halen made em look bad, they never made allot of hits ��this is there best song, good song but not a quiet riot fan, they got embarrassed by van halen,
Talented, but like the bio says, DuBrow's mouth sank the ship. What a waste...
C*m on feel the noise
Kevin was a good singer I f**kin luv QUIET RIOT sometimes u just gotta let go of all the bad things in the world and just C*M ON FEEL THE NOIZE!!!!!! Rock on from RAZZLE!!!!!!
nickalletto
@sabbathfrea k I like your comment, check your spelling next time. They're epic.
and money
world will drive you mad cain dog
dude was a hell of a rocker cain dog
he drank his self to death
Um the bands quiet riot and their epic,if u don't like them then don't comment on the song.
brittvaz8
The worst song ever this song is horrible I hate this song who sings this!!!!!??? ? ? yuck !!!!!!!!!
I believe you erikmiller. Awesome loud 80's music Rock on
The band is playin at hartford speed way. Awesome
larry_the_lo b s t e r
my very first concert QR, White Snake, Armored Saint, Terre Haute IN, won the tickets on the radio. Plus I got my drivers license the same day!!
they were the opening act at the us festival may 1983, quiet riot, motley crue, ozzy, triumph,juda s priest, scorpions and van halen best concert ever. if you don't know what it is google it or find someone who attended. started at 10am ended at 1am 350,000 people 500,00 watts of amps hotter then hell yes those were the days kids
I just realized the song is called C*M on feel the noize. That's awkward
Best song ever!��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
anorman385
Nice in a good mood
Good move!!!
dsasheenb
Right now: =/ During c*m on feel.the noise: XD
I agree with cheer-slide- s e r v e
You had to be there.
I feel ya man
m.snyder995
I find it very entertaining that I like music from when my mother was my age rather than the current music of my generation.
Follow 4 a Follow ;)
I'm a 13 year old rocker I'll be wild wild wild
hvega1981
Read the bio dude you'll know
fiorella82
I don't know who' s in the band
fiorella82
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...

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