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"Hot for Teacher"
Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
B-side "Little Guitars"
Released 1984
Format 7" Vinyl record
Recorded 1983, at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 4:44
Label Warner Music Group
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen
Producer Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"Hot for Teacher"
"Best of Both Worlds"

"Hot for Teacher" is a song on Van Halen's album, 1984.

The sexually suggestive song was best known for its long opening drum solo, near motorcycle-like drum fills and its music video featuring the band as both adults and young students in a high school. The PMRC protested it, calling for it to be pulled from both the radio and television, due to the song's sexually suggestive lyrics referring to sex with a teacher, and a beautiful female teacher stripping in the video, among other issues. In 2009 it was named the 36th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1]

The ending of this song comes from a studio outtake from the band's club days, entitled "Voodoo Queen".


Music video detail

The music video (directed by Pete Angelus and David Lee Roth)[2] was filmed at John Marshall High School[3], with Phil Hartman performing the voice of Waldo, the video's hero.[citation needed] Along with Waldo, the "kid versions" of Van Halen face the trials and tribulations of (shown in black-and-white) grade school. Once the schoolteacher arrives, she steps onto the desks, arrayed like a runway. She then tears off her dress, revealing a bikini bottom, cropped top and a sash that reads "Phys Ed", all to the cheers of the students, male and female. In the end, the kids grow up to become, variously, a gynecologist (Alex), sumo wrestler (Mike), psychiatric hospital patient (Eddie), playboy (Waldo) and game show host (Dave's real-world aspiration).

Cultural references

The music video for 2006's "Situations" by Escape the Fate is based on the video for this song.

The song appears in Guitar Hero World Tour[4] and Guitar Hero Van Halen as one of the most difficult songs on the setlists. A job advertisment for playtesters for future Guitar Hero games was released by Neversoft in 2008: Hot For Teacher was one of four songs applicants had to be capable of playing to receive a job.[4]

The song was covered by mandolinist David Grisman on the tribute album "Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen."

The song was referred to in the Family Guy episode Untitled Griffin Family History when Nate Griffin tells Quagdingo that he is going to hollow out a log to play the opening to "Hot For Teacher".


Chart position

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 56


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