Metal Health (song)

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"Metal Health"
Single by Quiet Riot
from the album Metal Health
Released 1983
Format 12" and 7" vinyl
Recorded 1982
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:17 (album version)
4:16 (single edit)
Label Pasha
Writer(s) Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali
Producer(s) Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot singles chronology
"Cum on Feel the Noize"
"Metal Health"
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"

"Metal Health", sometimes listed as "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"; "Bang Your Head"; or, as it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)", is a song by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot on their breakthrough album of the same name. The song is one of their best known hits and received heavy MTV music video and radio play.[citation needed] "Metal Health" was the band's second top 40 hit, peaking at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked #35 on VH1's Top 40 Metal Songs.

The song talks about the headbanging subculture. Because of this, the song caught the attention of many heavy metal fans upon its release. The single contained both the studio-recorded version and a live version, which was later released on their Greatest Hits compilation. The lyric, well now you're here, there's no way back, eventually became the title for Quiet Riot's documentary, which came out in 2014.

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced for $19,000 and was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts, employing students as extras.[1]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song was heard in Footloose and its 2011 remake. It was also featured in the opening credits of the movie Crank. It was also featured in the opening credits of the 2008 film The Wrestler,[2] and in a TV commercial for Hyundai that debuted during CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.

"Weird Al" Yankovic performed the song as part of his 1985 polka medley "Hooked on Polkas" from his album Dare to Be Stupid.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Canada (RPM) 71
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 45
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 37