QR (album)

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For the 1977 album Quiet Riot, see Quiet Riot (1977 album).
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Studio album by Quiet Riot
Released October 1988
Recorded Pasha Music House, Hollywood, California, 1988
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 43:58
Label Pasha / CBS
Producer Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4.5/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars[3]
Bangor Daily News mixed[4]

QR (also known as Quiet Riot, Quiet Riot IV, or QR IV ) is the sixth studio album released in 1988 by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. The album featured a major line-up change. Singer and founding member Kevin Dubrow had been fired before the recording sessions began, and replaced by Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino. The band had fired DuBrow mainly because of comments he was making to the metal press about Quiet Riot's supposed superiority over other bands, which strained friendships that members of Quiet Riot had with those bands.[5] Shortino's hiring wasn't the only line-up change, as Chuck Wright had quit the band and was replaced by Sean McNabb.[5] This left the album with the distinction of being the only Quiet Riot release without DuBrow on vocals, or any other original members (until 2014's Quiet Riot 10).

Due to the confusion over the album's proper title, Paul Shortino was asked in 2015 on Twitter what the proper name of the album was, and he replied back that the name is simply "QR". [6]

Reaction to the album at the time was tepid, but did manage to attract a bit more interest than the previous album. However, the only major single spawned from the album, "Stay with Me Tonight" made a small dent in the pop charts, but nothing comparable to the impact that previous albums had.

The album also featured studio musicians Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) and Jimmy Johnson, who played bass on "Stay with Me Tonight" and "Coppin' a Feel".[7] The album was produced by Spencer Proffer, who had produced every Quiet Riot U.S. released album up to this point.[7]

Paul Shortino and Sean McNabb later played together on Rough Cutt's Sneak Peek EP.

The album was remastered on CD in 2010 by Jon Astley.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stay with Me Tonight"   Paul Shortino, Frankie Banali, Carlos Cavazo, Spencer Proffer 4:40
2. "Callin' the Shots"   Banali, Cavazo, Shortino, Jimmy Waldo, Proffer 4:41
3. "Run to You"   Shortino, Banali, Cavazo, Waldo 4:38
4. "I'm Fallin'"   Shortino, Banali, Cavazo, Waldo, Proffer 4:17
5. "King of the Hill"   Banali, Cavazo, Shortino, Trevor Rabin 4:24
6. "The Joker"   Shortino, Banali, Cavazo, Jon Kirksey, Proffer 3:55
7. "Lunar Obsession"   Cavazo, Shortino, Banali 1:44
8. "Don't Wanna Be Your Fool"   Shortino, Banali, Cavazo, Waldo 5:02
9. "Coppin' A Feel"   Cavazo, Banali, Shortino, Mary Dean 3:44
10. "In A Rush"   Cavazo, Banali, Shortino, Proffer 2:38
11. "Empty Promises"   Banali, Cavazo, Shortino, Proffer, Waldo 4:26

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[8] 119 11


Quiet Riot[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jimmy Waldo - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy Johnson - bass on tracks 1 and 9


  • Spencer Proffer - producer
  • Hanspeter Huber, Alex Woltman, Jeff Clark - engineer, mixing
  • Steve Hall - mastering
  • Hugh Syme - art direction


  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Quiet Riot Quiet Riot review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (19 November 1988). "Riotous Assembly". Kerrang! 214. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 16. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives - QUIET RIOT". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1988-12-18. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MKlJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QQ4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=4876,4141029&dq=quiet+riot+shortino&hl=en
  5. ^ a b "Quiet Riot". Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  6. ^ PaulShortino (12 August 2015). "What was the name of the 1988 Quiet Riot album?" (Tweet). Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot". Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-09.