November 29, 2007

Do Not Go Quietly Into that Good Night

Another rock icon is dead. Kevin DuBrow, 52, lead singer of eighties metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Monday. The cause of death has not been released, but perhaps a clue lies in the name of Quiet Riot's last album -- Rehab.

Quiet Riot, and DuBrow in particular, was part of a group of "hair bands" that included Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Twisted Sister and many others, who perfected that combination of spandex, big hair and brutal guitar chords which attracted so many teenage boys and girls and sold millions of albums in the 1980s. Quiet Riot is most famous for their monster hit, "Cum on Feel the Noize," and for being the first band to have a heavy metal album reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts -- in this case, Metal Health, the album that contained "Cum on Feel the Noize."

Farewell, Kevin, we will raise our devil horns to you today -- at half mast.


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