Metal Health

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Metal Health
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1983
StudioPasha Music House, North Hollywood, California
ProducerSpencer Proffer
Quiet Riot chronology
Quiet Riot II
Metal Health
Condition Critical
Singles from Metal Health
  1. "Cum On Feel the Noize"
    Released: August 1983 [1]
  2. "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"
    Released: December 1983 [2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic link
Rolling Stone(not rated) link

Metal Health is the third studio album and American debut album by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It was released on March 11, 1983 and is dedicated to the memory of former guitarist Randy Rhoads. The album spawned the band's signature songs, the No. 5 hit "Cum On Feel the Noize" and the No. 31 hit "Metal Health". Metal Health is the first ever heavy metal album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200,[4] replacing the Police's Synchronicity at number one in November 1983; because of that placement, it has been called the start of the hair metal era.[5] The album went on to sell more than ten million copies worldwide.[6]


Quiet Riot 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.[7]

Some critics, such as AllMusic,[8] 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 No. 35 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

Track listing[edit]

1."Metal Health"5:17
2."Cum On Feel the Noize" (Slade cover)4:51
3."Don't Wanna Let You Go"
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
4."Slick Black Cadillac"4:13
5."Love's a Bitch"DuBrow4:11
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
7."Run for Cover"
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
8."Battle Axe"Cavazo1:39
9."Let's Get Crazy"DuBrow4:08


Quiet Riot[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chuck Wright – bass guitar on "Metal Health" & "Don't Wanna Let You Go"[9]
  • Riot Squad - backing vocals
  • Tuesday Knight – backing vocals
  • Spencer Proffer – backing vocals
  • Donna Slattery – backing vocals
  • Pat Regan - Keyboards


  • 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)


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

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 39
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 33
US Billboard 200[13] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


Publication Country Accolade Rank
Consequence of Sound US 10 Hair Metal Albums That Don't Suck[16] 3
Rolling Stone US 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time[17] 15
Loudwire US Top 30 Hair Metal Albums[18] 11


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  3. ^ "Review: Quiet Riot - Metal Health | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  4. ^ DiVita, Joe (July 22, 2013). "10 Best Metal Albums of 1983". Loudwire. Retrieved 2021-04-09. Metal Health’ is immortalized in music history as the first heavy metal album to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (August 6, 2018). "The 11 Heaviest Hair Metal Songs". Loudwire. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  6. ^ "Quiet Riot - BIO". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  7. ^ Quiet Riot 2001 CD: Liner notes
  8. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo; Franck, John Franck. "Metal Health review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  9. ^ "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 244. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". January 2, 2014. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Quiet Riot – Metal Health". Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  13. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Quiet Riot – Metal Heath". Music Canada.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Quiet Riot – Metal Health". Recording Industry Association of America.
  16. ^ "Consequence of Sound - 10 Hair Metal Albums That Don't Suck". Consequence of Sound. February 5, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  17. ^ "Rolling Stone - 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. August 31, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  18. ^ DiVita, Joe (November 9, 2016). "Top 30 Hair Metal Albums". Loudwire. Retrieved June 22, 2021.