1983. Metal Health

 is the third album by band Quiet Riot. It was released on March 11, 1983, bolstered by the #5 hit “Cum on Feel the Noize” and the #31 hit “Metal Health”. Metal Health is notable for being the very first heavy metal album to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. It knocked The Police’s Synchronicity out of #1 in the US. The album went on to sell over six million copies and it is considered a classic among heavy metal fans to this day. However, some critics such as Allmusic, perceive 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 #35 on VH1’s 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

The band went on a tour the same year and also supported Black Sabbath on their Born Again tour in the US.

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.

The title track is known by a number of slightly different names. It was simply called “Metal Health” on the original vinyl release, but most subsequent reissues of the album on other formats call it Bang Your Head, with the phrase Metal Health in parentheses, either before or after the “main” title.

   Kevin DuBrow   Carlos Cavazo   Rudy Sarzo   Frankie Banali 

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