Many renowned rock bands start out by cutting their teeth on cover songs, and Quiet Riot is no exception. Arguably best known for their anthem “Metal Health (Bang Your Head),” Quiet Riot have been wowing audiences around the world for decades. In their initial carnation, which featured future Ozzy Osbourne guitar prodigy Randy Rhoads, Quiet Riot covered music by such groups as Dave Clark Five and Small Faces. Such takes can be found throughout the band’s first two studio albums released only in Japan. Even later in their career would Quiet Riot give their own renditions on hits from Slade, The Kinks and Free. And only Quiet Riot could take one of AC/DC‘s most popular songs and have it rival the original. Here is our list of the Top 10 Quiet Riot Classic Rock Covers.
“Afterglow (Of Your Love)” (Small Faces cover)
Quiet Riot give an applaudable performance on their take of the Small Faces’ “Afterglow (Of Your Love),” which first appeared on the band’s second studio effort. A few acoustic strums and the track transforms into a formidable power ballad.
“Glad All Over” (Dave Clark Five cover)
Dating back to their debut album, Quiet Riot take on the Dave Clark Five hit “Glad All Over” with adrenaline-fueled angst. Original lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow manages to take the originally moderate pitched verse and raise it several octaves. A reaching yet still enjoyable cover.
“Evil Woman” (Spooky Tooth cover)
“Itchycoo Park” (Small Faces cover)
This unique cover of “Itchycoo Park” made it’s way onto Quiet Riot’s 1993 studio album ‘Terrified.’ The band stays as close to the original recording as possible, with delicate acoustic guitar and tambourine playing throwing the listener for a loop.
“Wishing Well” (Free cover)
The distorted guitar work of Carlos Cavazo, Kenny Hillery’s punching bass lines and a crunching percussion section from Frankie Banalli drives Quiet Riot’s cover of Free’s “Wishing Well” forward.
“Tin Solider” (Small Faces cover)
On this thrilling cover of Small Faces’ “Tin Solider,” guitarist Randy Rhoads makes this cover into this own by playing blistering arpeggios over the rhythm section throughout the verses. Listen to his solo and see if you can recognize any resemblance to the one in “I Don’t Know.”
“All Day and All of the Night” (The Kinks cover)
Quiet Riot manage to do the impossible on their cover of The Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night.” A seemingly untouchable rock and roll classic is completely enhanced with eccentric guitar licks and DuBrow’s impressive vocal range.
“Mama Weer All Crazee Now” (Slade cover)
With their cover of Slade’s “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” Quiet Riot manged to create something which is now considered a rock staple. Striking group vocal melodies, heart pounding drum kicks and a memorable guitar solo work together with sheer perfection.
“Highway to Hell” (AC/DC cover)
A plummeting dive bomb welcomes the listener to Quiet Riot’s cover of the AC/DC anthem “Highway to Hell.” Traditional guitar effects, a new breakdown and crushing falsetto vocals allow this rendition to stay true to the original while containing many of the elements which make Quiet Riot so unique.
“Cum on Feel the Noize” (Slade cover)
“Cum on Feel the Noize” was originally performed by Slade, but Quiet Riot were able to take the song to a whole new level. With bolder guitar playing, passionate vocals, bold bass lines and striking percussion work, this cover captures the momentum and energy of Quiet Riot.