Song warning about STDs is catchy, somewhat counterproductive


35 Responses to “Song warning about STDs is catchy, somewhat counterproductive”

  1. naufragio says:

    Wait, I’m supposed to be worried about catching VD from a baby (:46)?

    • Kosmoid says:

      Infants born to mothers infected with gonorrhea can be affected by any number of sequelae. And these infants can infect health care workers.

  2. Gyrofrog says:

    When I was a kid (late-70s, New York) there was a PSA with a catchy jingle that ended “VD gets around!” At the time I would have had no idea what that meant, so I was never completely sure that was the wording, or I just remembered it that way. If I wasn’t behind the firewall I’d look it up on YouTube.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Man, I remember this ad. I even remember the song. I was around 6 or 7 and had no clue what VD was. And, just to prove the poster’s point, I though this was an ad for something really cool, that you would want to share with everyone. I can’t remember what my parents told me when I asked what VD is. Knowing them, they probably just told me they didn’t know and quickly changed the subject.

  4. Floatationman says:

    It’s kind of like the Valtrex commercials from the early ‘oughts that made me want to take up kickboxing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are they selling v.d.? Coz I’m buying!

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  7. O_phuk says:

    I still sing this song 40 years later…ruh, roh….

  8. zootboing says:

    Hey, it’s got us talking about it over 40 years later! Believe it or not, that’s the ultimate goal of this kind of thing.
    And Miss Cellania- BRILLIANT!! I Love it!! The best kind of PSA: Catchy, tempting to sing loudly to piss off your parents AAAAND educational! (Seriously, I’ve never seen so many STD’s listed all in one place!).

  9. Andrew says:

    I love this. My mother told me that my grandmother walked around singing this song until one of my uncles told her what it was about. I had never seen the actual commercial until now.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I”m concerned about the question of from whom or to whom one is giving VD: woman with horse, man with baby…?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’ve known this clip for 20 years, and always wondered if it was written by Leiber & Stoller. Because it sounds so much like Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”. Not the tune, but the orchestration. And speaking of that, has anyone noticed how much “Is That All There Is?” sounds like Randy Newman’s RAGTIME score? It must be the same orchestrator — Jack Hayes. Probably many of the same musicians too!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t the kid with the violin Michael O’Keefe?

  13. TheMostHorrible says:

    The violinist kid looks to be actor Michael O’Keefe, Danny in caddyshack, married to Bonnie Raitt.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious AND confused.

  15. weeklyrob says:

    Who’s the girl at 37 seconds, with the plant? She looks familiar.

  16. nickodemus says:

    In the year of ’69.

    Back then they did things right.

  17. Miss Cellania says:

    Oh, I well remember these. We kids would sing the jingle at the top of our lungs while walking home from school.

  18. Crispinus211 says:

    Nice to see Guiliani hasn’t changed much (:45)!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I personally like STD fury. The language is a bit more adult, but the song itself is super catchy and funny.

  20. VagabondAstronomer says:

    Oh my God, I remember this PSA; think they ran it here through the mid 1970′s…

  21. annoyingmouse says:

    Has anyone here heard of a band called The Four Skins? It was some sort of group of medical students who did an album of medical parodies. Since first hearing their festive song “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Syphilis” I can’t hear the original without thinking about it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the whole album but there was also a version of Walking In A Winter Wonderland called “Isn’t Oral Contraception Grand”. ( has a compilation with a couple of songs)

  22. sinking_ship says:

    Good news! Much like respect, equality, good jobs and political power, VD isn’t for African American males either. Anybody else notice that?

  23. Geoduck42 says:

    And there’s also Tom Lehrer’s classic I Got It From Agnes.

  24. mdh says:

    ahh, the 70′s. When lacy shirts were cool.

  25. Enormo says:

    Wow. That really worked. I totally want an STD now.

  26. angryhippo says:

    On second thought (and checking IMDB) it couldn’t be since she was born in 1967. Doppelganger!

    • weeklyrob says:

      That’s exactly who I was thinking about, though. Maybe it’s her mom. Now I have to go check whether her mom was an actress.

  27. dross1260 says:

    Poor horse. Didn’t have a chance.

  28. sapere_aude says:

    That’s the second-best song about STDs I’ve ever heard.

    (The best, of course, is Monty Python’s “Medical Love Song”.)

  29. freshacconci says:

    All I can say is, that first girl, the one in the hat? I’d risk it.

    Oh, wait, am I missing the point of this ad? She’s the nice one who needs to watch out for me?

  30. Rider says:

    They would play that ad during cartoons when I was a kid. By the way unless they were playing this thing for decades I don’t think it was made in ’69.

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