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|Released||July 27, 1984|
|Studio||Pasha Music House North Hollywood, California|
|Quiet Riot chronology|
Condition Critical is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. Released in 1984, it was not nearly as successful as its predecessor (1983's Metal Health) in either fan reaction or sales. It was also given an infamous two-word review in Rolling Stone magazine: "Condition Terminal." However, it did sell over one million copies, peaking at No. 15 on the US Billboard album chart. Like the band's previous album, Condition Critical features a Slade cover song as the second track.
Tracks "Party All Night" (also known as "Party All Nite") and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" had music videos made for them, both receiving some airplay on TV. The same man with a metal mask from the last album cover is on this cover as well as many of the band's subsequent album covers, establishing him as the band's mascot. The character also has cameos in both aforementioned music videos.
The track "Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet" shares its title with the original American title to Slade's 1974 album Old New Borrowed and Blue.
All songs written by Kevin DuBrow, except where noted.
|1.||"Sign of the Times"||5:03|
|2.||"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" (Slade cover)||3:38|
|3.||"Party All Night"||3:32|
|4.||"Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet"||4:38|
|5.||"Winners Take All"||5:32|
|7.||"Scream and Shout"||4:01|
|10.||"(We Were) Born to Rock"||3:34|
|11.||"Mamma Weer All Crazee Now" ((Live version '84))|
|12.||"Cum On Feel the Noize" (Live version '84)|
|13.||"Party All Night" (Live version '84)|
|14.||"Condition Critical" (Live version '84)|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
|Chart (1984)||Peak position||Total weeks|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||47||8|
|Canadian Albums Chart||14||18|
|German Albums Chart||42||?|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||35||3|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||13||6|
|Swedish Albums Chart||18||4|
|UK Albums Chart||71||1|
|U.S. Billboard 200||15||15|
As stated in the program Behind the Music, frontman DuBrow's nasty, combative attitude towards many music journalists as well as fellow heavy metal musicians – such as DuBrow labeling the magazine Hit Parader as akin to toilet paper – was felt by other band members and their producer to have hurt the album's reviews. DuBrow in later interviews has agreed and expressed regrets.
Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Condition Critical a mixed-to-positive review, stating that he found the band's Slade cover to be the best track on the album given the "solid hook" of its guitar riffs.