As another year ends, I urge you to reflect on the past. Play some Quiet Riot and party all night!
I don’t know about you but I’m ready to see 2019 come to an end. There’s no better way to end the year than with a drink in your hand and metal up your ass! Yes my beloved readers, we’ve got to roll in the new year with some rocking tunes. When I’ve got the whole crew together it’s time for the classics, those festive anthems everyone loves. In my mind, no band was better at uplifting a party than Quiet Riot.
You’ve probably heard the story before, Quiet Riot was the brainchild of Kelly Garni (Bass) and the great Randy Rhoads (Guitar). The band went through various line-up changes until they hit it big in 1983 with Mental Health. This was the first heavy metal album to top the Billboard Music Charts. Quiet Riot dominated the scene with songs on the radio and videos on MTV, it was hard not to get caught up in their festive flair.
Quiet Riot followed up Mental Health with Condition Critical (1984) and while not as successful as their previous release, the platinum selling album did garner two music videos: “Party All Night” (also known as “Party All Nite”) and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”.
The music video for “Party All Night” has always been one of my favorites. Four nerds unexpectedly throw a house party that spirals out of control. This video visualized my teen years. Keg parties were huge in the ‘80s. Back then, having Quiet Riot play at your house would have been top ten on any metal bucket list. Beer, heavy metal and the opposite sex. What more could any ‘80s teenager want?
Quiet Riot seemed on a roll, but I’ll admit I stopped listening to them after the release of QR III (1986). I had discovered thrash metal. The classic heavy metal style sounded stale and was no longer appealing. I never knew Kevin DuBrow got kicked out of his own band then had to engage in legal battles with other members over the Quiet Riot name. I wasn’t even aware any new material had been released.
I’d forgotten about the band entirely until I heard about the death of Kevin DuBrow in 2007. I’ve always found it fascinating that such a prolific vocalist could just be left by the wayside but some negative comments DuBrow made had shunned him from the music community.
While Quiet Riot continues on, in my mind they are nothing without Kevin DuBrow. Whether you liked him or not, the guy was a prolific vocalist. He was a larger than life talent with a highly identifiable voice. I will always include him among the ‘80s metal greats.
As another year ends, I urge you to reflect on the past. Play some Quiet Riot and party all night! \m/
Quiet Riot (1984)
- Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
- Carlos Cavazo – Guitar
- Rudy Sarzo – Bass
- Frankie Banali – Drums