Credit: n/aFollow us back to an hour in 1959, when promiscuity loved its conservatism – doo-wop dynamos The Coasters recorded a version of infamous songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s femme fatale-ish cautionary hit “Poison Ivy.” The very first verse should cue you in – “Thought by some to not be about a plant at all/but rather a young lady with a social disease “- the howling quintet riding its chug-a-lug rhythm with ear-to-ear grins. Still, if you’re still not picking up what’s being put down, there’s always the pre-chorus that just doesn’t quit slaying:

You’re going to need an ocean of calamine lotion
You’ll be scratching’ like a hound
The minute you start to mess around

Then again, it’s just as fun to hand-jive it up on the surface to its classic yakety-yak gingersnap skips mentioning a plant that everyone hates, lead tenor Carl Gardner always making sure there’s some soul “creepin’ around” equally as bright. Pop a quarter in the virtual jukebox and enjoy this window into a time when STD punchlines had a few more veils over ‘em: