Metal Health (song)

Metal Health (song)
"Metal Health"
Single by Quiet Riot
from the album Metal Health
Released 1983
Format 12" and 7" vinyl
Recorded 1982
Genre Heavy metal
  • 5:17 (Album Version)
  • 4:16 (Single Edit)
Label Pasha
Writer(s) Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo, Frankie Banali
Producer Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot singles chronology
"Cum on Feel the Noize" "Metal Health" "Mama Weer All Crazee Now"

"Metal Health", sometimes listed as "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"; "Bang Your Head"; or, as it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)," is a song by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot on their breakthrough album of the same name. The song is one of their best known hits and received constant MTV music video and radio play.[citation needed] "Metal Health" was the band's second Top 40 hit, peaking at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked #35 on VH1's Top 40 Metal Songs.

The song talks about the headbanging subculture. Because of this, the song caught the attention of many heavy metal fans upon its release. The single contained both the studio-recorded version and a live version, which was later released on Quiet Riot's Greatest Hits.

The music video was produced for $19,000 and was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts, employing students as extras.[1]

Use in other media

  • The song is featured on the in-game radio for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which takes place in 1984.
  • It was featured in the 1984 dance film Footloose, as well its 2011 remake.
  • The song is also featured on the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s; however, it does not feature the main guitar solo.
  • A cover version[by whom?] is the theme song for the video game Showdown: Legends of Wrestling.
  • Professional wrestler Nova used this song as his theme in ECW
  • This song was also played in an episode of the television show Supernatural called Hook Man.
  • In the 2008 film The Wrestler, this song is used as the opening credits and the entrance theme for Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke).
  • This song is used in the 2008 film Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel. The song is played while the tanks are driving.
  • An excerpt of the song is used in the opening scenes of the film Crank. It also appears on the CD soundtrack.
  • This song is spoofed on "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medley "Hooked on Polkas".
  • Professional Wrestler Necro Butcher uses this song as his theme in Wrecking Ball Wrestling.


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