‘Santa Has Got the AIDS this Year‘
This 1980 holiday offering from ukulele-strummer and first-class weirdo Tiny Tim is actually much less offensive than its title suggests. Its lyrics are actually referring to the appetite-suppressing candy bar Ayds that was popular in the 1970s. Copyright laws prompted Tiny Tim to use this play on the candy’s name. Unfortunately for him, the song was released just two years prior to the emergence of AIDS epidemic and the widespread use of the acronym, resulting in one of the most disastrous coincidences in music history. —Jeff Royer
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