Yeah Alec Van Halen isn't exactly known for his "incredible diversity" on the skins. Hot For Teacher is just double bass eighth-notes I think, with the occasional extra beat thrown in so it gives that "engine idling" effect...then its just straight to the 1-2-3-4 on the hi-hat and backbeat on the snare. By the way that beginning part, played on a single bass, would be tough to do with the rock band pedal..unless you had ankles and calves of steel. Those modern metal drummers could probably pull it off...me, i'd need double kicks
Go listen to the drums on 5150...they're pretty bad (part of it is that they are also terribly mixed), a really good song IMHO...but that guy needed a few more takes to get both the sound and his rhythm down. And by "bad" I mean lots of not-quite-on beats, like he's a half second off or something. Again, could be the mixing and reverb they added or something...but it still sounds whacked when you listen to it on headphones. Its one of the few songs I can think of where the drums just sounded...wrong, like I'd have said "Dude...dont drink tonight, come back tomorrow, and do it again!".
yeah I'm a bastard like that