Salt & Peppa – Let’s Talk About Sex

Last week, we spoke briefly about how music affects the body, mind and mood and introduced Music Mondays! Sharing music with a HIV or sexual health spin.
Last week featured Neneh Cherry’s, rework of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and as promised, this week, It’s all about sex!

Let’s Talk About Sex is a message about safe sex, the positive and negative sides of sex and the censorship that sex had around that time in mainstream media.  An alternate version of the song entitled “Let’s Talk About AIDS” was released to radio on a promotional single and included as a b-side on various singles for the song.  The lyrics were changed to more directly address the spread of AIDS and HIV.

The music video for “Let’s Talk About Sex” directed by Millicent Shelton starts in a black-and-white scene with a girl turning on a radio and listening to the song. Then she starts kissing her boyfriend and scenes of Salt-N-Pepa and other couples kissing and hugging are shown. Next the video colorizes when Salt-N-Pepa are shown dancing. Another version of the video has a scene in which a skeleton is shown after the word ‘AIDS’ with a stamp written ‘censored’ in his mouth.

Let’s Talk About AIDS

If talking about sex is too ‘in your face’ we slow it down a little next week and talk about the emotional side of love, and waiting for the right time.

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