Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Musical Interlude: Hot For Teacher (1984)

This is Van Halen at their goofiest.

The classic lineup (Eddie & Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, & Michael Anthony) co-wrote "Hot For Teacher", with the video built around a geek named Waldo, headed back to school for a new season. What you don't know is that the very adult voice of Waldo belonged to the late entertainer Phil Hartman, long before he landed on Saturday Night Live. How else to explain Waldo sounding like John Wayne, no? Roth also co-directed the video with frequent collaborator/manager Peter Angelus, so figure that this was an example of what to expect from Roth's solo material a year later.........

No, I don't know who voiced Waldo's mom, in case ya wonder. Now, don't ya think this might've encouraged some boys to pursue relationships with their teachers?


magicdog said...

This video was a lot of fun! VH wasn't afraid to take a few jabs here and there.

Not to mention the mini Van Halens!

For a while, "Sit down, Waldo!" was a catchphrase!

Loved the "Animal House" "Whatever happened to...?" bit!

hobbyfan said...

Yeah, I used "Sit down, Waldo!" as a catchphrase myself, just for kicks.

Ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, Roth wishes he was a game show host after all? He ended up being a paramedic for a while, tried the blues, but maybe his future includes doing talk radio (or did he do that already?).