This well-known melody was written in 1896 by Theodore M. Metz and was later given a Wisconsin flavor by Phillip Allen ’99. It is generally considered to be the University of Wisconsin’s first “fight song.” In the earlier years of the University the song was simply referred to as “Hot Time” or “The Touchdown Song,” and was usually preceded by a verse entitled, “We’ll Cheer for Old Wisconsin.” “Hot Time” is now traditionally used by the Wisconsin Band as a “fire-up song” and is played immediately before the beginning of nearly every athletic competition. It never fails to induce rhythmic clapping from the partisan Wisconsin fans and create an electrifying atmosphere. In Camp Randall Stadium it is still used to signal a Badger touchdown; however the exact origin of this tradition is sketchy. It is known that in the 1920’s it was only heard after a Wisconsin touchdown.