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Song of the Day: “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot

81YkkZzcDoL._SS500_Today’s Song of the Day is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot. It is off of the iconic Metal Health album, which was released on this day in 1983. In November 1983, Metal Health became the first ever heavy metal album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200. Bringing metal to mainstream essentially began the “hair band” or “hair metal” craze of the ’80s. The album went on to sell more than ten million copies worldwide.

A large part of the album’s success is due to the huge single, “Cum On Feel the Noize” which would land at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a cover of Slade’s 1973 hit. In a Songfacts interview with the late, great Quiet Riot drummer, Frankie Banali said, “The idea to do that song was the producer’s [Spencer Proffer] idea – it wasn’t the band’s idea”. Lead singer, Kevin DuBrow was completely and totally against doing it. He wanted the band to write every song on the album, not to mention that he was not a big fan of Slade. So, the band decided to try to cover the song as badly as they could so the label would refuse to release it. The producer kept contacting the band to make sure they were rehearsing the song. The told him they were and it sounded great, but in reality they never played it. Again, Frankie Banali:

So the day came when it was time to record the song, and I came in early and told the engineer what was going on. I was honest with him. I said, “You might just want to record this for laughs and giggles.”

We went in, there was no intro, no nothing at all. There was a little bit of arguing as to how it was going to start. Finally, when I knew the engineer was rolling tape, I just started playing what became the intro. Rudy joined in, and then Carlos joined in. Kevin was sitting at the corner of the studio, just giggling, waiting for this massive train wreck, and the train wreck never happened.”

Quite the opposite happened. Quiet Riot now had a signature song, and led the invasion of heavy metal into the mainstream.

20 Album Challenge – Day 2

Day 2 of albums that have had an impact on me is Quiet Riot’s Metal Health.

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I had been getting more into rock music by 1983. However, it was difficult to find since it wasn’t really played on the radio. You would find out about new hard rock songs from word of mouth. But, this all changed with the release of Metal Health. “Cum On Feel the Noize” changed the musical landscape as hard rock was brought into the mainstream. The song got a lot of radio airplay. This was also the early days of MTV, so the song was featured heavily there as well. And just as “Cum On Feel the Noize” was beginning to get overplayed, the title track was released, and rocked my world! I just had to get this album! I got it for Christmas in 1983, and there was not a bad song on there. “Slick Black Cadillac” was (and still is) my favorite song on that album. And 13 year old me loved that there was a song called “Love’s a Bitch” on there. Oooooo! A bad word in the title! What a rebel!

I still love Quiet Riot, and actually saw them in concert last year. Frankie Banali, the drummer, is the lone remaining member of the lineup from this album. But, they were still great and still rock.

Here is the album on Spotify:

If you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song – 2/8/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Everybody gather ’round now
Let your body feel the heat
Don’t you worry if you can’t dance
Let the music move your feet


Last Song: “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” by Quiet Riot from the album Metal Health (1984)

Great job Melrob, blonde as a bat (@blondasabat), and Ned (@cnkelley11)!!!

Well I’m remonstrated
Outdated I really want to be over-rated
I’m a finder and I’m a keeper
I’m not a loser and I ain’t no weeper

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Mount Radmore of Music

This weekend, I listened to the latest episode of the totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. If you don’t subscribe and listen to that podcast, I highly recommend that you do. This most recent episode featured a heated discussion about who should appear on the ’80s music version of Mount Rushmore, which Martha named Mount Radmore. These are the songs that we would consider the founding fathers of the ’80s sound. There are so many great artists that are definitely deserving of monuments. But, if you had to choose only 4 who actually influenced the sound of the ’80s, who would you choose?

As you can imagine, things got heated on the podcast in the iHeart80s Radio 103.7 studios. Martha’s husband, Jordan, and iHeart80s Radio 103.7 DJ, Little Ricci, even got pulled into the debate.

I would highly recommend listening to this episode, then come back, and let me know who you would pick for your Mount Radmore.


I know that this will spark some debate, but I will give you my picks anyway.

Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles

Released in 1979, this song was a major influence for what was to come in ’80s Pop, New Wave, and just that fun, quirky, 80s attitude. Not to mention that it also kicked off MTV, which pretty much defined our 80s generation.

Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

Here is another song that was released in 1979, and influenced an entire genre of music, and a lifestyle. Thanks to The Sugarhill Gang, we got some Newcleus, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and me with my boombox, parachute pants, cardboard, and some kick-ass break dancing moves. Without Rapper’s Delight, we may not have had Run-DMC (which would also mean no Aerosmith comeback), and other awesome Rap acts of the ’80s.

Tossup between “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot and “Rock Of Ages” by Def Leppard

I’m cheating here, but I give these two songs a tie. Both of these versions were released in 1983. Rock music had been around for a long time. But, these two songs brought hard rock to the mainstream. This would lead to big hair, big parties, and big attitudes that made the 80s so much fun.

Let The Music Play” by Shannon

Shannon may have been a one-hit wonder, but this one hit would define a brand new genre of music with Freestyle. This style of music would carry on through the early ’90s. It smoothly transitioned 70s disco to 80s dance-pop. This would lead to Exposé, The Cover Girls, Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and Sweet Sensation. An 80s high school dance would not be complete without us dancing (even badly) to a song by any of these Freestyle artists, thanks to Shannon.


OK, I know I got this all wrong. There were thousands of artists in the 80s, and we can only pick a handful. Who would you pick for your Mount Radmore? I’d love to hear from you!

Remember That Song: 9/19/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Late for my job and the traffic was bad
Had to borrow ten bucks from my old man


Last Song: “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” by Quiet Riot from the album Metal Health (1983)

Great job Scooter (@sneely71)!!!

I’m frustrated and outdated
I really wanna be overrated
I’m a finder and I’m a keeper
I’m not a loser, and I ain’t no weeper

Remember That Song: 3/16/15

Can you name the artist and song:

You don’t know how long I have waited
and I was going to tell you tonight


Last Song: “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” by Quiet Riot from Condition Critical (1984)

I don’t want to drink my whiskey like you do
I don’t need to spend my money but still do
Well don’t stop now come on

Remember That Song: 10/14/14

Can you name the artist and song:
[Hint: The actor, from the movie that this song is from, turns 87 today. Wow, that leaves me shaken not stirred. 87!?!]

All I wanted was a sweet distraction for an hour or two
Had no intention to do the things we’ve done


Last Song: “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot from Metal Health (1983)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)and Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

So you think my singing’s out of time,
it makes me money

Remember That Song – 10/16/13

Can you name the artist and song:

So you think that it’s over,
Say your love has finally reached the end
Any time you call, night or day,
I’ll be right there for you


Last Song: “The Wild and the Young” by Quiet Riot

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!

They’ve got to be free
The sun never sets
For souls on the run

Remember That Song: 1/18/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps its just imagination


Last Song: “Slick Black Cadillac” by Quiet Riot

Great job Maria (@MEXIMARI)!!

It’s got solid gold hubcaps
It makes me feel like a king
I only need one thing

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 8 – A Song That You Know All the Words To

“Metal Health” by Quiet Riot

I was considering a Kenny G song for this, but I suppose that would be cheating.

Before there were liner notes and lyrics in cassettes, the only way you could memorize the words was if you listened to the song over and over. When “Metal Health” came out, a friend and I wrote the lyrics out. We would play it for a few words, then stop it to write down the words. If we couldn’t understand what they were saying, we would keep rewinding and play it over again. It’s way easier to get song lyrics now.