Metal Health

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Metal Health
Studio album by Quiet Riot
Released March 11, 1983
August 28, 2001 (Bonus tracks)
Recorded 1982, The Pasha Music House, Hollywood
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 40:57
Label Pasha/Sony/Columbia
Producer Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot chronology
Quiet Riot II
Metal Health
Condition Critical

Metal Health is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It was released on March 11, 1983, bolstered by the #5 hit "Cum on Feel the Noize" and the #31 hit "Metal Health". Metal Health is notable for being the first heavy metal album to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. It knocked The Police's Synchronicity out of #1 in the US. 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 #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.[2]

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 "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)," Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back, eventually became the title for Quiet Riot's documentary in 2014.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link[dead link]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"   Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo, Frankie Banali, Tony Cavazo 5:16
2. "Cum on Feel the Noize"   Noddy Holder, Jim Lea 4:51
3. "Don't Wanna Let You Go"   Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo 4:42
4. "Slick Black Cadillac"   Kevin DuBrow, Randy Rhoads 4:12
5. "Love's a Bitch"   Kevin DuBrow 4:11
6. "Breathless"   Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo 3:51
7. "Run for Cover"   Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo 3:38
8. "Battle Axe"   Carlos Cavazo 1:38
9. "Let's Get Crazy"   Kevin DuBrow 4:08
10. "Thunderbird"   Kevin DuBrow 4:43

2001 The Metal Remasters Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Danger Zone"   DuBrow 5:06
12. "Slick Black Cadillac (Live)"   DuBrow, Rhoads 5:14

2012 Remaster Version Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
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[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chuck Wright - bass guitar (Tracks: Metal Health, Don't Wanna Let You Go)[3]
  • Riot Squad - backing vocals
  • Tuesday Knight - backing vocals (10)
  • Spencer Proffer - backing vocals
  • Donna Slattery - backing vocals


  • Arranged by Quiet Riot
  • Produced by Spencer Proffer
  • Recorded and mixed by Duane Baron at The Pasha Music House
  • All songs published by The Grand Pasha Publisher, except "Cum on Feel the Noize" (Barn Publishing, Inc)

Additional Notes[edit]

  • Quiet Riot - artwork
  • Jay Vigon - art direction, design
  • Sam Emerson - photography
  • Ron Sobol - photography
  • Stan Watts - illustrations


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[4] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1983) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 5 53
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 33 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[8] 1 74


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


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo; John Franck. "Metal Health review". Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ Quiet Riot 2001 CD: Liner notes
  3. ^ "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Quiet Riot – Metal Heath". Music Canada. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Quiet Riot – Metal Health". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  6. ^[dead link]
  7. ^ - New Zealand charts portal
  8. ^ Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music |
Preceded by
Synchronicity by The Police
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 26 - December 2, 1983
Succeeded by
Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie