Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS This Year

Album: not released on an album (1985)
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  • In May 1968, Tiny Tim featured in the American magazine Newsweek; the article was called The Last Innocent. It might be suggested that the passage of time resulted in him losing his innocence, but although this Christmas song cum novelty song sounds in extreme bad taste, it was actually written around 1980 "before Rock Hudson" in Tiny Tim's own words.

    The Hollywood actor Rock Hudson, well known for both his stunning good looks and his screen partnership with Doris Day, was a closet homosexual; he died of AIDS in 1985. The acronym did not come into use until 1982, but rather than being psychic, Tiny Tim was actually referring to Ayds, a candy bar that was marketed as an appetite suppressant. Unsurprisingly, the unfortunate coincidence hit sales, and after changing its name, the company eventually withdrew it from the market.

    Be all that as it may, the 1994 publication The Book of Lists: The '90s Edition, by David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace listed "Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS This Year" as number 7 in Dr. Demento's 11 Worst Song Titles Of All Time. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England
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  • Jesse from MaineThis is a crock of s--t. I don't care what Tiny Tim said about it being about some stupid weight-loss candy bar. If you believe this song is about anything other than disease, you are probably borderline retarded - or if you prefer the more PC term, a short bus rider.
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