Condition Critical is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. Released in 1984, it was not nearly as successful as its predecessor (1983's Metal Health) in either fan reaction or sales. It was also given an infamous two-word review in Rolling Stone magazine: "Condition terminal." However, it did sell over three million copies, peaking at #15 on the US Billboard album chart. Like the band's previous album, Condition Critical features a Slade cover song as the second track.
Tracks "Party All Night" (also known as "Party All Nite") and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" had music videos made for them, both receiving some airplay on TV. The same man with a metal face from the last album cover is on this cover as well as many of the band's subsequent album covers, establishing him as the band's mascot. The character also cameos in both aforementioned music videos.
The track "Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet" shares its title with the original American title to Slade's 1974 album Old New Borrowed and Blue.
As stated in the program Behind the Music, the other band members besides DuBrow considered the album relatively strong but thought that the frontman's nasty, combative attitude towards many music journalists as well as fellow heavy metal musicians (such as DuBrow labeling the magazine Hit Parader as akin to toilet paper) hurt their reviews. Their producer felt the same way. DuBrow in later interviews has agreed and expressed regrets.
Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Condition Critical a mixed to positive review, stating that he found the band's Slade cover to be the best track on the album given the "solid hook" of its guitar riffs.
Although not meeting the same level of sales as its acclaimed predecessor, the album received considerable commercial success. It notably hit the #15 slot on the Billboard 200 as stated before.