Music Video of the Day: Bang Your Head (Metal Health) by Quiet Riot (1983, dir. Mark Rezyka)

I used up all my juices yesterday writing about Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box. I’m sure that “Metal Health” can drive you mad, but apparently looking at a bunch of music videos composed of loads of symbolism, surrealism, metaphors, and more can cause you to wind up with a migraine headache. With that in mind, I only have a couple of things to say.

According to Wikipedia, the music video was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts using students as extras. Walt Disney and a song about headbanging. I love connections.

It was filmed by Mark Rezyka who made about 50 or so music videos in the 80s. They seem to be primarily heavy metal and hard rock. He also happened to direct Billy Bob Thornton’s second movie called South of Reno (1988).

Patricia Friedman produced the music video. She seems to have at least produced around 20 music videos such as Weird Science by Oingo Boingo and Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs. Just like Rezyka, she appears to have continued to stay in the field of music, but moved on to music documentaries and concert films. She actually has a bio on mvdbase with more information about her work.


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