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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 saw QR in Mississippi back in 2001 & they totally ROCKED & BLOW THE SPEAKERS OUT THAT CONCERT! ONE OF THEE BEST ROCK BANDS IN HISTORY!
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I miss the music from the 80s! RIP Kevin Dubrow!
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coulbricht
C*m on fell the noiz
ROCK ON!!!!!!!!
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mfijut0
I love coke too but not that much!
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mfijut0
Rip Kevin du brow
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mfijut0
Crank it up
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Party all f**king night
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artist685
RIP IN DUDE. Your songs were awesome and played everywhere while I was middle school. You'll still be rocking from wherever you went. RIP.
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suck your daddies
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suck your daddies
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Love this s**t
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mrtj97
Metal health great album to bad it was the only one from quiet riot
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I saw these guys at their peak. We had seats in the first few rows near the stage. Whitesnake and Armored Saint were the opening acts for them.
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The Metal Health album truly was a great album, to bad Kevin Dubrow had to ruin their success with his condescendin g attitude and big mouth. They are probably the fastest career flame out ever.
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Man does every song I want to comment on have to have those annoying chain messages...
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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I unwillingly started a quiet riot in the negative comment realm when I mentioned how making a log fire can bring rain clouds- now you've got me started a bit, because I know, I've done this and it works , I live in the city so I ran out of wood, ha ! Most Native American kids nowadays would rather listen to rap music and no longer participate in traditional rain dances, God knows what other necessities they no longer give back to our earth - I have a Native American friend, he's from the north
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mfijut0
Rip Kevin du brow
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Omg wat memories this song brings back . Bang Ur Head,,, luv Quiet Riot, his voice is very unique. I think this song was played at every single field party.lol. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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love this jam
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Quiet riot rocks
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Like emphatics version of this track.
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Guys try this it actually works
1. Don't breath for 20 mins
2. Die
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Metal Health wat a great 80s tune. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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⚫️black sabbath⚡️swe e t leaf⚡️shadow of the wind⚡️into the void⚡️parano i d a f t e r all⚡️the rules of hell⚡️behind the wall of sleep❤️I'll the see the light again⚡️yngwi e mainsteen❤️D o k k e n ⚡️alone again❤️Kroku s s t a y e d awake all night❤️corpo r a l jigsaw quandary⚡️ca r c a s s h e l p l e s s d i a m o n d head❤️grinde r J u d a s Priest❤️meta l l i c a j u m p in the fire⚫️
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This is AMAZING DUDE!!!!!How is pop popular now days!
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The only band I didn't get to check out live ffffffff
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david.dio5
The greatest time in Metal without a doubt was the 80's...Aweso m e Bands and real Music!! Quiet Riot Rules!!!
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Well said about that but I love this band they are frick'n awesome
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Who doesn't like quiet riot is an idiotic frikin worm headed brain sucker lion humper cliff jumper butt hole!!!!!!
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We will bring rock back one day so men expect quiet riot to make a comeback
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jessu bless nicko mcbrain from iron maiden
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Bang your head!!! Metal health will drive you mad!!!
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How could you want that, that is horrible
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I'm glad the drummer of twisted sister died.
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kevin dubrow died in south padre island
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kevin dubrow is dead
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Follow. For a follow
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Best 80s song ever
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come on back boys
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Rip QR
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mfijut0
Rip Kevin du brow u partying mfer
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Quite Riot, enough said!!!!!
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why did he spell come like c*m like the thing that boys do
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Bang your head........ . :D
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C*m feel the noize!!!
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Umm... okay... Go three days grace!!!
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allenfawcett 1 2 3
He od
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RIP Kevin your music was good while it lasted
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crazyape102
@sixxaholic - he died from overdose
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