For some reason I’ve been totally going nuts over David Lee Roth-era Van Halen lately. I’m totally sold on the idea that the first three Halen albums are some of the finest hard rock music that has ever been bashed out by four drunken loons. But yes, my love for the band has always waned by the time of their mega-hit album, 1984.
But a recent viewing of the incredibly over-the-top video for ”Hot For Teacher“ is making me re-evaluate this. When this video was made the band was extremely popular and rich, and it’s pretty clear that the success was going to their heads. The band members were turning into cartoon characters, with their “wild and crazy” frontman Mr. Roth leading the charge like a coked-out Napoleon lion tamer.
No wonder the band splintered away from their singer shortly after this. I mean after the insanity of this video, where the hell could they go next?
And that’s why I love early Van Halen more and more with each passing day. Watch this video and see what I’m talking about.