QUIET RIOT (1977–2007). Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Carlos Cavazo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Frankie Banali (drums).
Quiet Riot enjoyed a huge burst of success in the early eighties, with a chart-topping album, but their overnight success, which was a long time in coming, would fade sooner than they might have expected. The band had its roots in the late-seventies club scene and was the band that Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads cut his teeth with. The band released a pair of records with Columbia Records in Japan before losing Rhoads, and later Sarzo, to Ozzy’s band. By 1982, vocalist Kevin DuBrow had reformed the band with guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright and had begun work on an album for independent Pasha Records. Soon enough, however, Sarzo had quit Ozzy and taken Wright’s place, bringing along Frankie Banali on drums to finish the sessions for the album Metal Health, released in 1983. On the strength of the album’s title track and its cover of the Slade song “Cum on Feel the Noize,” the album shot to the top of the album charts and sold over five million copies.
With pressure from their record company to capitalize on their good fortune, Quiet Riot were forced to record a follow-up before they were truly ready and the record company’s strategy backfired when the 1984 album Condition Critical failed to duplicate the previous album’s performance. Even another Slade cover (“Mama Weer All Crazee Now”) couldn’t help, and the band saw their winning streak come to an abrupt halt. A number of comeback releases between 1986 and 1995 failed to generate any significant interest. Dubrow nonetheless kept a version of the band on the road, releasing occasional albums until his death from a cocaine overdose in 2007 at the age of 52.
Discography: Quiet Riot  (CBS, 1977); Quiet Riot II (CBS, 1978); Metal Health (Pasha, 1983); Condition Critical (Pasha, 1984); QR III (Pasha, 1986); Quiet Riot  (Pasha, 1988); Terrified (Moonstone, 1993); Down to the Bone (Kamikaze, 1995); Alive and Well (Deadline, 1999); Guilty Pleasures (Bodyguard, 2001); The Randy Rhoads Years (Rhino, 1993); The Greatest Hits (Epic/Pasha, 1996); Live and Rare, Vol. 1 (Cleopatra, 2005); Metal Health: The Best of Quiet Riot (Golden Core, 2008).