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In 1969, the Ad Council provided a very important message about venereal disease with a tune as catchy as the clap. Remember friends, VD is for everybody.

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  • I prefer Russell Brand’s musical take on the subject:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8pEimTKqcg

  • Rerecord that to the tune of “Everything is Awesome” and you’ve got a number-one crossover hit.

  • MAJeff

    Don’t touch the itchy spot.

  • My favorite information on such things was a pamphlet at Student Health when I was in college: “Chlamydia: It’s not a Flower” (I suppose that means you’re not supposed to give it to your significant other?)

    I did like the “if you’re curious or confused…” bit at the end, though maybe it had a slightly different meaning at the time.

    • “Chlamydia: It’s not a Flower”

      But it smells so nice!

    • MAJeff

      I used to wear this when the school I was teaching at would hold V-Day celebrations. If only we’d listened to Surgeon General Elders.

      • jeer9

        A female student, bravely taking on the challenge of non-traditional casting, puts an unintentional twist on Hamlet’s famous soliloquoy:

        “There’s the respect that makes chlamydia of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time …”

      • ThrottleJockey

        If you’d had listened to Jocelyn Elders you’d be blind!

        In other masturbation news HuffPo reports that gay porn inspired Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”. Cleverly subversive for 1984.

  • Santos Guero

    I’m pretty sure this song was part of the original score Kander and Ebb put together for “Cabaret the PSA” before Isherwood gayed it all up and they retitled it just “Cabaret.”

    • Lee Rudolph

      I don’t think they even knew about Prostate-Specific Antigen in 1969!

      • Santos Guero

        Erm… PSA = Public Service Announcement. I didn’t know about Prostate-Specific Antigen until just now. Better go get mine checked.

        • ThrottleJockey

          I like to abbreviate things so much that every Valentine’s Day I inevitably get myself in trouble when I send someone a message saying “Happy VD”…doh!

        • Gregor Sansa

          Actually, the latest research suggests that getting checked will probably make your life worse overall. There’s a small chance it could save your life, but false positives are so common that the damage they can do (including death from overzealous treatment) is greater

        • Santos Guero

          Holy crap! That is good to know. Now I can go back to smoking to two pack a day.

  • dp

    Why can’t we have such informative PSA’s today?

    • gratuitous

      I remember our local Top 40 radio station playing this ad “by request.” Which really skyrocketed the coolness quotient of the station and my locality, both of which were pretty deficient in cool.

  • Quixote

    And it predates Clap For the Wolfman by five years!

  • Shakezula

    Ev’rything gives you cancer herpes.

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  • Socrets

    This needs to be McConelled.

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  • cpinva

    if I wasn’t pretty sure it isn’t, I’d swear that was marlene dietrich singing that song. remember boys & girls, VD is nothing to clap about!

  • cpinva

    since we’re on the subject of videos, I stumbled upon a movie on youtube, that I think both prof. loomis and SEK will find interesting. it’s titled, “49th Parallel”. a Canadian/UK not-so-subtle wartime propaganda film, it takes place in pre-US entry into the war Canada. 3 very famous actors star in it, one of whom I didn’t recognize in character, and am guessing you won’t either. running time is just shy of 2 hours.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3HrDhTZOrw

    • cpinva

      rats! I forgot to note that part of it takes place on a huttite commune. this is the only English-language movie I’ve ever seen, that even mentions the huttites, much less gives them prominent screen time.

    • wjts

      Powell and Pressburger made some amazing movies. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, and I Know Where I’m Going! are my favorites. (I like A Canterbury Tale, too, but that one’s not as strong.)

  • anomomouse

    I am told that I performed that song in a restaurant after church. Fortunately I was too young to remember.

    • cpinva

      please tell me there’s video!

  • LeeEsq

    I think I saw this ad in a documentary on TV once. No love for non-STD diseases? They need our support to.

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