|Studio album by Quiet Riot|
|Released||March 11, 1983|
|Studio||The Pasha Music House, Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Heavy metal, glam metal|
|Quiet Riot chronology|
|Rolling Stone||(not rated) link|
Metal Health is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It was released on March 11, 1983, bolstered by the No. 5 hit "Cum On Feel the Noize" and the No. 31 hit "Metal Health". Metal Health is notable for being the first heavy metal album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200, replacing the Police's Synchronicity at number one in November 1983. The album went on to sell more than six million copies and is considered a classic among heavy metal fans. Some critics, such as AllMusic,describe it as a one-hit wonder, owing to Quiet Riot's relative lack of critical and commercial success with following albums (and subsequent disintegration) towards the end of the 1980s. The title track was ranked No. 35 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.
The band went on a tour the same year and supported Black Sabbath on their Born Again tour in the US.
"Slick Black Cadillac" is a re-recorded version of the same song from Quiet Riot II .
The song "Thunderbird" is dedicated to guitarist and founding member Randy Rhoads. Although the bulk of the song was written for Rhoads while he was still alive, Kevin DuBrow added one final verse as a tribute to Rhoads after he died in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.
The title track is known by a number of slightly different names. It was simply called "Metal Health" on the original vinyl release, but most subsequent reissues of the album on other formats call it "Bang Your Head", with the phrase 'Metal Health' in parentheses, either before or after the "main" title. The lyric from that song, "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back", eventually became the title for Quiet Riot's documentary in 2014.
|1.||"Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"||5:16|
|2.||"Cum On Feel the Noize" (Slade cover)||4:51|
|3.||"Don't Wanna Let You Go"||4:42|
|4.||"Slick Black Cadillac"||4:12|
|5.||"Love's a Bitch"||DuBrow||4:11|
|7.||"Run for Cover"||3:38|
|9.||"Let's Get Crazy"||DuBrow||4:08|
*On the cassette release, "Don't Wanna Let You Go" and "Battle Axe" are switched.
|12.||"Slick Black Cadillac (Live)"||DuBrow, Rhoads||5:14|
|11.||"Danger Zone [Bonus Track]"|
|12.||"Metal Health [Live Version '83] [Bonus Track]"|
|13.||"Let's Get Crazy [Live Version '83] [Bonus Track]"|
|14.||"Slick Black Cadillac [Live Version '83] [Bonus Track]"|
|15.||"Love's A Bitch [Live Version '83] [Bonus Track]"|
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||6× Platinum||6,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|Canadian Albums Chart||5|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||33|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
Billboard Music Charts (North America)
|1983||"Metal Health"||Mainstream Rock||37|
|"Cum on Feel the Noize"||7|
|"Slick Black Cadillac"||32|
|"Cum on Feel the Noize"||The Billboard Hot 100||5|
|1984||"Metal Health"||The Billboard Hot 100||31|