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Fabulous Flip Sides In Memoriam – Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali

Quiet Riot achieved the first No. 1 heavy metal album with “Metal Health” featuring their hit version of “Cum on Feel the Noize.” Eric Singer shares his memories of fellow drummer Frankie Banali.
Photo by Paul Natkin, Getty Images

Photo by Paul Natkin, Getty Images

Quiet Riot’s drummer Frankie Banali passed away on August 20 at the age of 68. The California heavy metal quartet achieved their Top 40 debut in 1983 with their cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize,” a gold single which reached No. 5, followed by “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” which peaked at No. 31, both from their No. 1 album Metal Health. Their Top 100 singles streak concluded the following year with another Slade cover, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” which peaked at No. 51. Its flip side was the powerful “Bad Boy,” with both sides of the single from their next platinum album Critical Condition.

Quiet Riot flip side

Quiet Riot

Flip side: Bad Boy

A side: Mama Weer All Crazee Now

Top Pop 100 debut: July 7, 1984

Peak position: No. 51

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At the end of the 1980s Frankie joined the group W.A.S.P. and then returned to Quiet Riot in 1993 and continued with the group through this year. While Frankie was battling pancreatic cancer, he continued to play drums. Fellow drummer Eric Singer told Goldmine, “I met Frankie back in 1986, when I first joined Black Sabbath. He was obviously a main staple on the Sunset Strip music scene. Quiet Riot broke down the doors with their Metal Health album in 1983. Their success seemed to create a tsunami of bands from Los Angeles to break big-time, both here in the U.S. and internationally. Frankie was known as a powerhouse drummer as he became the foundation for Quiet Riot. He was a very approachable and charismatic guy offstage. With a passion for vintage drums and collecting, he was always keen to chat at drum shows regarding anything drums. Frankie fought an incredible fight and he will be missed.”

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