Music / Quiet Riot

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"Metal health'll drive you mad!"

A Los Angeles-based rock band formed in 1975. They are generally credited with introducing Heavy Metal to American audiences with the album Metal Health in the early 1980s. Often classified as Hair Metal, their earlier albums in fact bear more resemblance to the blues-metal of AC/DC; later albums tend to sound like Aerosmith.

Discography
  • Quiet Riot (1977)
  • Quiet Riot II (1978)
  • Metal Health (1983)
  • Condition Critical (1984)
  • Quiet Riot III (1986)
  • QR (1988)
  • Terrified (1993)
  • Down to the Bone (1995)
  • Alive and Well (1999)
  • Guilty Pleasures (2001)
  • Rehab (2006)
  • Quiet Riot 10 (2014)


Bang your head! These tropes will drive you mad!:

  • Alliterative Name: Randy Rhoads, better known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, was in the band from 1975-1979.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Villain Protagonist of "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" describes himself as almost literally this in the opening lines of the song.
  • Car Song: "Slick Black Cadillac".
  • Christian Rock: Parodied in the episode of The Simpsons titled "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star", with Bart, in order to keep him from converting to Roman Catholicism, being taken to a Protestant youth festival where Quiet Riot is appearing under the name "Pious Riot" and performing "Cum on Feel the Noize" as "Cum on Feel the Lord."
  • Cover Version: Of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "(We Were) Born to Rock"
    • The Small Faces' "Tin Soldier," on their Japan-only 1977 Self-Titled debut album.
    • The Small Faces' "Afterglow," on Quiet Riot II, which was also only released in Japan.
    • The Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park," on Terrified
    • The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night," on Down to the Bone
    • AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," on Alive and Well
    • Spooky Tooth's "Evil Woman," on Rehab
  • "Days of the Week" Song : "Monday Morning Breakdown," on Down to the Bone
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Randy Rhoads was this during his time with Quiet Riot due to his long blond hairstyle and 5'7/105 pound frame. Rudy Sarzo would say that during his short time with Randy before Randy's departure for Ozzy's band (although Rudy would reunite with Randy in Ozzy's band before eventually returning to Quiet Riot following Randy's death), when he and Randy went clothes shopping, they went to women's stores for Randy's clothes due to not finding the right size at men's stores. The fact that Randy also cited David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson as a visual influence also helped.
  • Dystopia: The music video for "The Wild and the Young" depicts a dystopian future where Rock music has been outlawed. True to the genre, it has a Downer Ending where all of the rockers are lined up against a wall and executed via firing squad.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Taken literally. At the end of the music video for their cover of "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", one of the guys in the auditorium throws a flag at the screen, and a giant version of Kevin Du-Brow comes out and wrecks the auditorium before being encountered by a giant version of the Man with the Metal Mask, who is then put on a stretcher and examined.
  • Grief Song: "Thunderbird" which was inspired by Randy Rhoads' death
  • Guilty Pleasures: It was the name of their tenth studio album. invoked
  • Heavy Meta: "Bang Your Head," "Cum on Feel the Noize"
  • Intercourse with You: "Run for Cover"
  • Lighter and Softer: Beginning with Quiet Riot III.
  • Live Album: Live & Rare Volume 1
  • Power Ballad: "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Thunderbird", "Still of the Night", "Twilight Hotel"
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The band members were famous for sporting polka dots, candy stripes, and blue (!) tiger prints.
  • Revolving Door Band: 28 members over a nearly 40-year on-and-off existence.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)," an image that was extended to the album covers and titles.
  • Self-Titled Album

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