The darker second album from Dead Kennedys, “Plastic Surgery Disaster,” takes the best aspects of their debut and makes it faster, heavier and brighter. It’s a classic punk album when even measured up to their debut, with many claiming this album to be the superior of the two. It’s a lyrically dense record full of scathing social commentary that still rings true today, like on the tracks “Terminal Preppie” and “Moon Over Marin.” Beyond that, the record just rocks. Weird instrumentation dots the record like clarinets and sax. Legendary punk guitarist, East Bay Ray, incorporates rockabilly, surf and jazz elements into his guitar work, leading songs with manic energy. It’s a must-have for any punk fan.
Although not always mentioned, the Dead Kennedys (DK) are one of the great punk bands to emerge from the genre's earliest days. Hailing from San Francisco, DK was one of the best hardcore bands on the West Coast, influencing the genre musically with their surf and rockabilly sensibilities and politically with their charged, often ruthless lyricism. Lead vocalist Jello Biafra’s iconic voice and antics also helped make the band one of the most influential punk bands. From running for mayor to a protracted legal battle with Al Gore’s wife, Biafra was an activist who inspired punks to do more than whine and complain in glorified social clubs.