Sunday Evening Summer Music

The summer of 1983 was a big deal for me. It was the first summer my friends and I put a rock band together. It was also the summer that the album this song took to #1 came out, Metal Health, by Quiet Riot. They came to Missoula that summer, opening for Loverboy, and it seemed like we were the only ones in town who knew who they were. Everyone was shocked because lead singer Kevin DuBrow kept saying, “Fuck!” from the stage. Of course later that summer this video blew up on MTV. This from Wikipedia:

On August 27, 1983, Quiet Riot’s second single “Cum On Feel the Noize” was released. A cover of the 1973 hit by Slade, the single spent two weeks at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1983 and was the first heavy metal song to make the top 5 on that chart. The success of the single helped carry the album Metal Health to the top of Billboard album chart, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach No. 1 in the United States. On November 26, 1983 Quiet Riot became the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and No. 1 album in the same week. Their success was aided in no small part by the “Cum On Feel the Noize” video’s heavy rotation on MTV. Metal Health displaced The Police’s Synchronicity at No. 1 and stayed there for just a week until Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down took over the No. 1 spot.

I remember a few things about the day of that concert. I was sick, but went in that morning to get my photograph taken for my 4-H identification card for the upcoming fair. I recovered in time for the show. My friend Mike almost decided not to go because he was stressed out after having a near head-on collision with his mom on their driveway (it was a narrow one-way road with a blind corner). But we managed to make the show happen, and I can honestly say it had a profound impact, for better or worse, on our lives. Here’s the video.

 

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

1 thought on “Sunday Evening Summer Music”

  1. I remember the song, but never saw the video but I wasn’t much into TV in 83 and that fall I began an extended period without a TV

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