Metal Health

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Metal Health
Studio album by Quiet Riot
Released March 11, 1983
Recorded 1982
Studio The Pasha Music House, Hollywood, California
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Label Pasha
Producer Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot chronology
Quiet Riot II
Metal Health
Condition Critical
Professional ratings
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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, [1] 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.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Quiet Riot American heavy metal band

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Metal Health (song) 1983 single by Quiet Riot

"Metal Health", sometimes listed as "Metal Health ", "Bang Your Head" or, as it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bang Your Head ", is a song by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot on their breakthrough album, Metal Health. One of their best known hits and receiving heavy MTV music video and radio play, "Metal Health" was the band's second top 40 hit, peaking at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked #35 on VH1's Top 40 Metal Songs.


The band went on a tour the same year and supported Black Sabbath on their Born Again tour in the US.

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"Slick Black Cadillac" is a re-recorded version of the same song from Quiet Riot II .

<i>Quiet Riot II</i> 1978 studio album by Quiet Riot

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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. [2]

Randy Rhoads American guitarist

Randall William Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neoclassical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists. Rhoads is included in several "Greatest Guitarist" lists.

Kevin DuBrow American singer and songwriter

Kevin Mark DuBrow was an American heavy metal singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot from 1975 until 1987, and again from 1990 until his death in 2007.

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.

Track listing

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"
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
4."Slick Black Cadillac"
5."Love's a Bitch"DuBrow4:11
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
7."Run for Cover"
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
8."Battle Axe"Cavazo1:38
9."Let's Get Crazy"DuBrow4:08

*On the cassette release, "Don't Wanna Let You Go" and "Battle Axe" are switched.

2001 The Metal Remasters Bonus Tracks

11."Danger Zone"DuBrow5:06
12."Slick Black Cadillac (Live)"DuBrow, Rhoads5:14

2012 Remaster Version Bonus Tracks

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]" 


Quiet Riot

Carlos Cavazo American musician

Carlos Cavazo is a Mexican-born American guitarist best known as the guitarist for Quiet Riot during their commercial peak. He has also played with Snow, 3 Legged Dogg, Hollywood Allstarz, and Ratt.

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Rudy Sarzo American hard rock/heavy metal bassist

Rudy Sarzo is a Cuban American hard rock/heavy metal bassist. Sarzo remains best known for his work with Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake, and has also played with several well known heavy metal and hard rock acts including Manic Eden, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche and Devil City Angels. He is currently the bass player for The Guess Who.

Additional personnel

Chuck Wright American guitarist

Chuck Wright is an American bassist, graphic designer and show producer, best known as a member of multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. He originally joined Quiet Riot in 1982, playing bass on the tracks "Metal Health " and "Don't Wanna Let You Go," as well as singing background vocals on all the tracks from the 1983 hit album, Metal Health.

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Spencer Proffer American record producer

Spencer Proffer is an American media and record producer. He is the CEO of Meteor 17, a convergence media production company based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Proffer produced the first heavy metal record, Quiet Riot's Metal Health, to reach the top of the pop charts, selling six million albums. His Children of the Sun collaboration with Billy Thorpe spawned a computer-animated laser choreography of an album in planetariums across North America. Proffer has produced and arranged over 200 albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum-selling status, produced or executive-produced 17 films as well as supervised and produced music for 135 films and television.


Additional notes


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [4] 3× Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA) [5] 6× Platinum6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart positions


Chart (1983)Peak
Canadian Albums Chart [6] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart [7] 33
U.S. Billboard 200 [8] 1


Billboard Music Charts (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
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

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