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Studio album by Quiet Riot
Released July 6, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 42:09
Label Pasha / CBS
Producer Spencer Proffer, John Purdell
Quiet Riot chronology
Condition Critical
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[2]

QR III is the fifth studio album released by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It was released in 1986 on Pasha/CBS. It is the last album to feature lead singer Kevin DuBrow until the 1993 album Terrified.


QR III is short for "Quiet Riot III". Despite the record's name, this is actually the band's fifth studio album. However, it is their third major label/worldwide release. The band's first two releases were also titled Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II, suggesting this serves as a third self-titled album.

Following the massive success of Metal Health and the more modest reception of Condition Critical (which failed to duplicate Metal Health's success, but at least did go top 20 and receive a platinum certification), sales of QRIII were even lower, reaching only No. 31 on the US charts and has yet to achieve any certification at all. It marked Quiet Riot's final plunge away from stardom as the band's following releases would not enter the charts at all.

This marks the first Quiet Riot album to feature Chuck Wright, formerly of Giuffria, on bass as an official member - prior to this, he had performed some uncredited bass work on the band's earlier albums. He would rejoin the band on an on/off basis over the years, and is in the current version of the group.[3]

The lead single, "The Wild and the Young", is a stadium hymn to the energy of youth. Its accompanying video (featuring game show host Wink Martindale in a cameo appearance) painted an Orwellian picture of the future, where totalitarian militarists fought to wipe out rock and roll — a reference to the Senate hearings concerning explicit language in heavy metal songs.

This is the first Quiet Riot album not to feature any covers.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Main Attraction"   Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo, Chuck Wright, Frankie Banali, Spencer Proffer, John Purdell 4:43
2. "The Wild and the Young"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali, Proffer 3:37
3. "Twilight Hotel"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali, Proffer 4:35
4. "Down and Dirty"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali 3:15
5. "Rise or Fall"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali 4:01
6. "Put Up or Shut Up"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali 4:07
7. "Still of the Night"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali, Proffer, Purdell 4:42
8. "Bass Case" (Bass solo) Wright 0:59
9. "The Pump"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali 4:02
10. "Slave to Love"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali, Proffer, Stan Bush 3:55
11. "Helping Hands"   DuBrow, Cavazo, Wright, Banali 4:13

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 29 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[5] 31 20


Quiet Riot[edit]



  1. ^ "Quiet Riot QR III review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (7 August 1986). "Quiet Riot 'QR III'". Kerrang! 126. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Quiet Riot - QR III (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  5. ^ "QR III - Quiet Riot". Billboard.com. Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2011-09-08.