Hot for Teacher

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"Hot for Teacher"
Van Halen - Hot for Teacher.jpg
Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
B-side"Little Dreamer"
ReleasedOctober 27, 1984[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"Hot for Teacher"
"Why Can't This Be Love"
Audio sample
"Hot for Teacher"

"Hot for Teacher" is a song by the American rock band Van Halen, taken from their sixth studio album, 1984. The song was written by band members Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth, and produced by Ted Templeman, it was released as the fourth and final single from the album in October 1984. It was the final single released by Van Halen's original lineup.

The song features Alex Van Halen's double bass drum performance, and its music video, featuring the band as both adults and young students. Alex Van Halen used four bass drums at the beginning of the song to create the sound of a motorcycle idling;[4] the ending of this song comes from a studio outtake from the band's club days, entitled "Voodoo Queen". The Parents Music Resource Center protested the song due to its sexually suggestive lyrics and music video.[citation needed]

In 2009 it was named the 36th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by Pete Angelus and David Lee Roth,[6] and produced by Jerry Kramer and Glenn Goodwin, choreographed by Vincent Paterson with concept/treatment by Anthony Nasch) was filmed at John Marshall High School,[7] with Phil Hartman performing the voice of Waldo, the video's protagonist. Waldo, an awkward boy with large glasses and a bow tie, is put on the school bus by his over-protective mother, he is terrified by the unruly kids on the bus; the driver played by David Lee Roth, tells him "siddown, Waldo!" as the opening riff begins. Along with Waldo, the "kid versions" of Van Halen face the trials and tribulations of grade school. Two models appear as teachers in the video, Donna Rupert (runner up in the 1981 Miss Canada pageant), who plays the chemistry teacher, and Lillian Müller, who plays the Phys Ed teacher.[8] Both teachers tear off their dresses to reveal a bikini, to the cheers of the students. At the end of the video, the kids are shown to have grown up to become a gynecologist (Alex Van Halen), a sumo wrestler (Michael Anthony), a psychiatric hospital patient (Eddie Van Halen), and a game show host (David Lee Roth). While it is said that no one was sure what Waldo grew up to be, the video hints at him becoming a pimp, the total opposite of his child self; this is intercut with scenes with the band members dressed in red suits and dancing to the song under a disco ball.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song appears in Guitar Hero World Tour[10] and Guitar Hero Van Halen as one of the most difficult songs on the setlists. In an advertisement for play testers for future Guitar Hero games, released by Neversoft in 2008, "Hot For Teacher" was one of four songs applicants had to be capable of playing to receive the job.[10]



Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 89
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 83
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 56


  1. ^ ""Hot For Teacher" Anniversary & Fun Facts!". 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ Bukszpan, Daniel; Dio, Ronnie James (2003). The Encyclopedia of Hard Rock. Barnes & Noble Publishing. ISBN 9780760742181. The album also featured plenty of guitar-dominated heavy metal, such as "Hot for Teacher" and "Panama." which became hits in their own right.
  3. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (January 9, 2016). "Van Halen 1984 anniversary". Loudwire. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Christopher, Michael. "Van Halen '1984': A Track-By-Track Guide". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ " music". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  6. ^ " - Van Halen - "Hot for teacher"".
  7. ^ "Hot For Teacher, Van Halen". VH1's Pop-up Video. 1997.
  8. ^ "Hot for Teacher" Anniversary & Fun Facts!, Van Halen News Desk
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  10. ^ a b "Test the New Guitar Hero!-Neversoft is hiring now!". Become A Video Game Tester. 3 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2014-12-09. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 15". RPM. 15 December 1984. Retrieved 12 June 2017.

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