The epic sweep of PLASTIC SURGERY DISASTERS, in both sonic texture and thematic depth, sets it apart as one of punk's most highly evolved musical and artistic statements. Vocalist Jello Biafra's rage had developed into a calmer but more strident kind of anger. Fortified by a wider variety of sounds, including horns, clarinets, and East Bay Ray's rich palette of aggressive guitar textures, this album attacked the usual DK targets.
Our bloated, mentally lazy consumer culture is lambasted in the thick, intimidating "Buzzbomb" and the stingingly sarcastic "Winnebago Warrior." Several of society's more insidious archetypes are taken on as well, as in the goofy "Terminal Preppie," and the furious, adrenaline-fueled "Well Paid Scientist." Firmly in place are Biafra's trademark paranoid anti-government diatribes; society's false sense of security is addressed in the breakneck-speed rant of "Government Flu," the far-reaching metaphor of "Trust Your Mechanic," and the angry theatrics of "I Am The Owl."
Q (6/01, p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Excellent....telling you how sh**ty things are, the better it makes you feel..."
NME (Magazine) (3/17/01, p.31) - 6 out of 10 - "...Still a riot....joined by the earlier, thrashier EP IN GOD WE TRUST whose high point is the fabulous 'Nazi Punks F*** Off'..."
Plastic is a bit more rough and ready. Some of the rest is just funny. Rawhide and Viva Las Vegas? What a pisser. You can definitely find a whole lot of punk craziness in these songs. There are some truly whacky lyrics throughout, and maybe a little less of the biting savagery found in the album before.
Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust Inc. is deffinately one of the best dead kennedys cds out. The dead kennedys are amazing, and Jello Biafras lyrics show us what life is really like. This is a very fast band, and a very fast cd. a must have for any punk rocker.
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