Dead Kennedys “Plastic Surgery Disasters”

12″ LP, Alternative Tentacles, 1982

“Why are you such a stupid asshole? Would you really like to know?”

I’m gonna call this record their most fully realized in terms of band performance. I suppose that’s hella subjective, but “Fresh Fruit” had the early-lineup guys, “In God We Trust” doesn’t really qualify, Frankenchrist doesn’t seem quite so unified, and Bedtime For Democracy doesn’t sound as good. It also hangs together (“coheres”) very nicely thematically. Hard to pick a favorite here; I might name “Halloween” but I wouldn’t wanna piss off Glenn Danzig. (“We did it first!”) So let’s say the underrated “Dead End.”

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