Dead KennedysFrankenchrist

Label:Alternative Tentacles – VIRUS 45
Vinyl, LP, Album, Withdrawn Poster
Style:Punk, Hardcore


A1Soup Is Good Food
Music ByDead Kennedys
Words ByBiafra*
Words By, Music ByD.H. Peligro
A3This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)
Music ByDead Kennedys
Words ByBiafra*
A4A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch
KeyboardsTim Jones
Music ByDead Kennedys
Words ByBiafra*
A5Chicken Farm
Music ByDead Kennedys
Words ByBiafra*
B1Jock-O-Rama (Invasion Of The Beef Patrol)
Words By, Music ByBiafra*
B2Goons Of Hazzard
Music ByRay*
Words By, Music ByBiafra*
B3M.T.V. - Get Off The Air
TrumpetJohn Leib*
Words By, Music ByBiafra*
B4At My Job
Words By, Music ByEast Bay Ray
B5Stars And Stripes Of Corruption
Music ByDead Kennedys
Words ByBiafra*

Companies, etc.



Inital copies included a poster of "Work 219: Landscape XX" (also known as "Penis Landscape") by Swiss artist HR Giger and a sticker on the shrinkwrap with the tracklist and a (sarcastic) warning note. An Alternative Tentacles catalog insert was also included.

The ensuing controversy resulted in the poster being removed from later copies. These included a poster order form / PMRC info insert, and the sticker was stamped "Banned" in red. Some later copies still included the poster.

This version's identifying points include:
- dark chocolate red AT label (vs repress versions' bright burgundy).
- "45" on AT label in a small font.
- rounded upper corners on inner sleeve.
- No "Made in Canada" on inner sleeve.

A repress exists with identical runouts but different details: Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist

Track times do not appear on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): A VIRUS 45 A₁ "The Full Rich Flavor of Stark Reality" L-22265
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): A VIRUS 45 B₁ "To cope is to cop out" L-22265-X

Other Versions (5 of 101)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Frankenchrist (LP, Album)Wall City RecordsWY 005Germany1985
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Frankenchrist (Cassette, Album)Alternative TentaclesVIRUS 45CUS1985
Frankenchrist (LP, Album)New Rose Records, Alternative TentaclesROSE 75, VIRUS 45France1985
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Frankenchrist (LP, Album)Alternative Tentacles, Fringe ProductVIRUS 45, FPL3018Canada1985
Frankenchrist (LP, Album)Alternative TentaclesVIRUS 45UK1985



  • soulska's avatar
    Anyone know how many of the 1st pressing with poster were released before being pulled? If anyone has a order from for sale message me. I have a cover in shrink and OG poster we can trade for.
    • Cesar.Augusto's avatar
      Is anyone selling only the insert? Please contact me on prívate message.
      • acyberpunk's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        In my opinion the poster isn't worth paying for, as much as I am a big fan of Giger, I think it's a fairly average piece of art
        -one of his weakest and I think it contributes little in the way of context to the LP as a whole, the Dead Kennedy's music, Biafra's lyrics or as a comment/reaction to society at the time.
        If the intention was to set out to shock people back then, it achieved just that, and far more than
        Biafra probably intended when the whole thing blew up in ways no one imagined would happen,
        and I think many people of any age would probably still be shocked by it today, even though you could
        probably find images on the internet which are far more disturbing.
        • Mr.TomServo's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Forget all the background about the trial, the Geiger poster, or the PMRC; this is just a bold, innovative, and brilliant punk-rock record. Pushing the genre's boundaries, expressing a dystopian vibe across the different tunes, and finishing with a rip-roaring hardcore number that serves as a searing national indictment. Phenomenal record nearly 40 years later.
          • sww245's avatar
            I'm just here to laugh at the marketplace notes, and ask if the original poster is worth paying that much more for, considering this is one of the greatest punk records to come out of the 80's. C'mon..
            • Zucchini99's avatar
              I found the CD version at my local record store only for $6. The packet had a thing we're a could send this thing to get a original poster that came with the album. Love the song's and all that mostly the sound effects on Jock-O-Rama. Mine didn't have a warning sticker so not really sure why the vinyl showed does but the CD I have doesn't. Should buy it if really into Jello's words and such.
              • larry.burns84
                Probably an ultra long shot if ever there was one, but does anyone have the ORIGINAL hype sticker? I'd need it to complete my copy. I have the (absolutely pristine) Giger art and a merch form.
                • videodrome1984's avatar
                  It appears i have version:
                  but bat side of label is Virus 46. Cannot find any info anywhere on this label version. Anyone have any information on this version?

                  • SignalsFromAbove's avatar
                    the utility of re-listing the same entries...:
                    so what ?! ...
                    • Ablekid's avatar
                      IMO this the greatest punk album of all time. If you haven't listened in a while do so. Everything Jello said was going to happen has happened. One of if not the best political comment in a piece of music ever.


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