Plastic Surgery Disasters

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Plastic Surgery Disasters
Studio album by Dead Kennedys
Released November 1982
Recorded June 1982 at Hyde St. Studios and Möbius Music in San Francisco
Genre Hardcore punk, post-punk
Length 42:56
Label Alternative Tentacles, Faulty Products
Producer East Bay Ray, Thom Wilson
Dead Kennedys chronology
In God We Trust, Inc.
Plastic Surgery Disasters
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by Dead Kennedys. It has been reissued with the EP In God We Trust, Inc., which are the last eight tracks on the CD. The cover photo is "Hands" by photographer Michael Wells. The same photo was used by another San Francisco-based punk band called Society Dog for their EP .....Off of the Leash, released in 1981. The inside cover art features Winston Smith's collages.

Musically, many different elements bubble to the surface on Plastic Surgery Disasters, including surf-rock, oddly psychedelic guitar textures, and traditional film music, including sections and guitar fills that resemble Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores. These elements are not always immediately apparent under the high-speed thrash, but they are an indication of Dead Kennedys' musical uniqueness. Dead Kennedys would further these elements, to some extent, on their next release, 1985's Frankenchrist.

On the 2001 release of the album on Manifesto record label, the beginning of "Government Flu" is a separate track entitled "Advice from Christmas Past". There is also a typing error on the Manifesto CDs so that "Bleed for Me" is entitled "Bleed for". On the original vinyl and cassette releases, the first side was tracks 1-8 and the second was tracks 9-13. On some vinyl reissues, however, the first side is tracks 1-9 and the second is tracks 10-13.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jello Biafra, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Government Flu"   3:01
2. "Terminal Preppie"   1:30
3. "Trust Your Mechanic"   2:55
4. "Well Paid Scientist"   2:21
5. "Buzzbomb" (written by Biafra and East Bay Ray) 2:21
6. "Forest Fire"   2:22
7. "Halloween" (written by Biafra and East Bay Ray) 3:35
8. "Winnebago Warrior"   2:09
Side two
No. Title Length
9. "Riot" (written by Dead Kennedys) 5:57
10. "Bleed for Me"" (written by Dead Kennedys) 3:24
11. "I Am the Owl" (written by Dead Kennedys) 4:51
12. "Dead End" (written by East Bay Ray) 3:56
13. "Moon Over Marin" (written by Jello Biafra and East Bay Ray) 4:29
Total length:


Additional performers

  • Dave Barrett; Bruce Askley – saxophone
  • Melissa Webber – backing vocals (credited as "The Voice of Christmas Past")
  • Ninotchka; Geza X; Mark Wallner; John Cuniberti – backing vocals
  • Thom Wilson; East Bay Ray – producers
  • Oliver Dicicco – engineer
  • Norm – mixer
  • Winston Smith; Jello Biafra – artwork


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Indie Chart[1] 2


  1. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.