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"Bang your head! Metal health'll drive you mad!"

A Los Angeles-based Heavy Metal 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. It is notable for being the first band of Randy Rhoads, of Ozzy Osbourne fame.

Original Lineup:

  • Kevin Dubrow: Lead Vocals
  • Randy Rhoads: Lead Guitar
  • Kelly Garni: Bass Guitar
  • Drew Forsyth: Drums

Classic Lineup:

  • Kevin Dubrow: Lead Vocals
  • Carlos Cavazo: Lead Guitar
  • Rudy Sarzo: Bass Guitar
  • Frankie Banali: Drums

Current Lineup:

  • Jizzy Pearl: Lead Vocals
  • Alex Grossi: Lead Guitar
  • Rudy Sarzo: Bass Guitar
  • Johnny Kelly: Drums


  • 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)
  • Road Rage (2017)
  • Hollywood Cowboys (2019)

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.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the video for "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", a giant version of Kevin Dubrow emerges from a movie screen after a man hurls a flagpole through it.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Villain Protagonist of "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" describes himself as almost literally this in the opening lines of the song.
  • The Big Guy: Kevin Dubrow. Watching the band he looked to be about a full head taller than the rest of the band!
  • Car Song: "Slick Black Cadillac".
  • Careful with That Axe: Dubrow knew how to wail. Case in point; the song Condition Critical has him reaching a C6 in full voice.
  • 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
  • Darker and Edgier: Terrified and Down to the Bone are this due to the lack of keyboards and a rawer production sound.
  • "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.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first two albums (which were pnly released in Japan), aren't quite as heavy as their later work.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Between Randy leaving up until Metal Health the band was renamed Dubrow, after the vocalist.
  • 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"
  • I Am the Band: Kevin Dubrow, and in the early years Randy Rhoads.
  • Keet: Kevin Dubrow!, just look at any live performance!
  • Left It In: There's an obvious flub early in "Cum ON Feel The Noize"; it was left in because Kevin Dubrow hated the song so much that he refused to do a second take.
  • Lighter and Softer: Beginning with Quiet Riot III.
  • Live Album: Live & Rare Volume 1
  • Metalhead: If the title was not blatant enough, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" is all about encouraging one to be a headbanger.
  • Metal Scream: Oh yeah!
  • No Indoor Voice: Kevin Dubrow!
  • The Not-Remix: Instead of a straight reissue of the first two albums, the US got a single disc compilation called The Randy Rhoads Years that was largely this. It was produced with heavy involvement of Randy Rhoads' family, and Randy had never liked his guitar sound on those albums, so the changes were largely reprocessing his guitar tracks through the amps and effects he'd have wanted to use at the time if it had been in the recording budget.
  • 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: They have quite a few, some numbered, some not
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: When Randy left, they replaced him with Carlos Cavazo, another blond, rail-thin California guitar virtuoso with an Alliterative Name.