Plastic Surgery Disasters

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Plastic Surgery Disasters
Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters cover.jpg
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.
(1981)In God We Trust, Inc.1981
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. This was the first album to feature drummer D.H. Peligro.

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 tracks written 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" (Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray) 2:21
6. "Forest Fire" 2:22
7. "Halloween" (Biafra, Ray) 3:35
8. "Winnebago Warrior" 2:09
Side two
No. Title Length
9. "Riot" (Dead Kennedys) 5:57
10. "Bleed for Me" (Dead Kennedys) 3:24
11. "I Am the Owl" (Dead Kennedys) 4:51
12. "Dead End" (Ray) 3:56
13. "Moon Over Marin" (Biafra, Ray) 4:29
Total length: 42:56


Additional performers

  • Dave Barrett; Bruce Askley – saxophone on "Terminal Preppie"
  • 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
  • John Cuniberti and Oliver Dicicco;– engineer
  • John Cuniberti;– 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.