David Roger Johansen (born January 9, 1950) is an American rock, protopunk, blues, and pop singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal protopunk band The New York Dolls.
In the late 1980s, Johansen achieved moderate commercial success under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, accompanied by The Uptown Horns, performing a mixture of jazz, lounge, calypso, and novelty songs, and appearing as part of the house band on the television program Saturday Night Live. As Poindexter he scored his first hit song, “Hot Hot Hot,” which in an interview on National Public Radio‘s Fresh Air he called “the bane of my existence,” due to its pervasive popularity. “Hot Hot Hot” was initially written and recorded by Montserratian Soca artist Arrow.
“Hot Hot Hot” garnered extensive airplay through radio, MTV, and other television appearances. The music video is unique in the fact that it crosses the two identities: despite being in the Buster Poindexter persona, the video begins with Johansen briefly mentioning his role in the New York Dolls, showing the band’s vinyl and tossing them aside while talking about the “really outrageous clothes” he wore and how he evolved into a “refined and dignified kind of a situation”, which leads into the song.
The 12″ single mixes were courtesy of John Morales & Segio Munzibai.
Hot Hot Hot (New Club Mix) (English Lyric) 5:48
Hot Hot Hot (Radio Edit) 3:45
Hot Hot Hot (Caliente Dub Mix) 4:58
Hot Hot Hot (Spanish Club Mix) 5:33