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Quiet Riot


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Los Angeles, United States (1975 – 1989, 1991 – 2007, 2010 – present)

Quiet Riot is an band whose 1983 chart topping success helped pave the way for the scene’s next decade of commercial prominence. They are best known for their Metal Health album, which displaced Michael Jackson’s Thriller album from the #1 chart spot.

They were founded in 1975 by guitarist Randy Rhoads (later associated with Ozzy Osbourne) with the original lineup of Kevin DuBrow (whose Steve Marriott influenced vocals powered most of their hits) with Kelly Garni (bass) and Drew Forsyth (drums). Their initially released albums in 1977 & 1978 featuring covers of British invasion era acts The Small Faces and Dave Clark Five and were picked up for release in Japan only.

After Rhoads left, with him replaced by guitarist Carlos Cavazo, Quiet Riot had still had failed to break out of the Los Angeles metal scene with a record contract (unlike their hit British Invasion covering contemporaries Van Halen). Quiet Riot eventually scored a deal with Columbia Records and their second stateside single covered Slade’s hit “Cum on Feel the Noize.” (a remake of a big U.K. hit from 1973). The song spent two weeks at #5 on the US chart. It was the first heavy metal single to make the Top 5 on Billboard Magazine’s “Hot 100 singles chart”.The band was reportedly reluctant to record the song, as none of them were Slade fans, and recorded it in one take, trying to play their worst. The success of the single helped carry “Metal Health” to the top of Billboard Music Charts pop album charts, making it the first heavy metal album to ever reach #1.


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