Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist - Controversial Album Cover

Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist - Controversial Album Cover

Posted by Matt Lehman on Nov 27th 2023

Dead Kennedy’s - Frankenchrist

It was Released in October of 1985.

This packaging is a cornucopia of things not to do if you want your album to be accepted by the general public!

First, the poster that came with the record was banned. It was titled work 219: landscape XX or affectionately known as Penis landscape.  Imagine Andy Warhols Campbell soup can art piece but now take a way the soup cans and replace them with penises partially inserted in vulvas. And to make it more artsy, it’s black and white. But honestly, I looks like it was done with a copy machine.

This is actually a painting by H. R. Giger and Jello Biafra wanted to use it as the cover of the jacket!

The 4 shriners on the front also sued them and said the pic was originally used in newsweek a decade earlier and they sold it the Dead Kennedys for $175.

The long version of this is The Parent's Music Resource Center. (see every controversial album cover from the 80's) really wanted to make a name for themselves, but knew if they tried it against a big label, they would be buried and look like fools, so they found the perfect solution by going after Biafra's label. Jello Biafra’s record label almost went bankrupt form lawsuits over Penis Landscape and he was brought to trial for distributing harmful materials to minors. He was not convicted.