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
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
AllMusic4.5/5 stars link

Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Recorded in San Francisco during June 1982, it was produced by the band's guitarist East Bay Ray and prolific punk record producer Thom Wilson. The album is darker and more hardcore-influenced than their debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables as a result of the band trying to expand on the sound and mood they had achieved with their 1980 single "Holiday in Cambodia".[1] It was the first album to feature drummer D.H. Peligro, and is frontman Jello Biafra's favorite Dead Kennedys album.[2]

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. Most pressings of the album include a booklet containing lyrics and pieces of collage artwork by Biafra and Winston Smith that thematically tie in to the lyrics of each song on the album. On the 2001 release of the album on the 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 where "Bleed for Me" is entitled "Bleed for". On the original vinyl and cassette releases, the A-side is tracks 1-8 and the B-side is tracks 9-13. On some vinyl reissues, however, the A-side is tracks 1-9 and the B-side is tracks 10-13.

Plastic Surgery Disasters is a cyclical album, meaning that the end of the final track "Moon Over Marin" segues into the beginning of the opening track "Government Flu".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jello Biafra, except where noted.

Side one
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" (Dead Kennedys)3:35
8."Winnebago Warrior" (Dead Kennedys)2:09
Side two
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[3] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Jello Biafra - Songfacts Interview". Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Jello Biafra Walks Us Through his Entire Discography". Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Dead Kennedys – Plastic surgery disasters". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Plastic surgery disasters in the search field and then press Enter.