Bleed for Me (Dead Kennedys song)

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"Bleed For Me"
Dead Kennedys - Bleed for Me cover.jpg
Single by Dead Kennedys
from the album Plastic Surgery Disasters
B-side "Life Sentence"
Released July 1982
Format 12" @ 45 RPM
Recorded June 1982
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 3:24
Label Alternative Tentacles
Songwriter(s) Dead Kennedys
Producer(s) East Bay Ray, Thom Wilson
Dead Kennedys singles chronology
"'Nazi Punks Fuck Off!'"
"Bleed For Me"

Bleed for Me (B-side "Life Sentence") was the sixth single by punk rock band Dead Kennedys. It was released in July 1982 on Alternative Tentacles. The music is cold and intimidating, and the lyrics describe kidnappings and torture carried out by a secret police (presumably the Central Intelligence Agency). There follows a bridge, then the music becomes light and almost cheerful as the lyrics describe US foreign policy as utilizing murderous dictatorships to secure economic concessions that favor American corporations.

"Bleed for Me" also plays in the background of the Dead Kennedys' song Kinky Sex (Makes the World Go 'Round), in which an aide for the Reagan White House arranges World War III on the phone with Margaret Thatcher, who moans erotically at every new atrocity; this track may be a reference to the Thatchergate tape. The song was also performed for the film Urgh! A Music War, with a different bridge about Rosalynn Carter. During live performances with the Melvins in the 9/11-Afghanistan-Iraq War era, Jello substituted "Muslims" for "Russians" in the verse "So what's ten million dead, if it's keeping out the Russians?"

The song has also been covered by many bands, most notably Pearl Jam who have brought out the song for their most recent tours, substituting the lyric "cowboy Ronnie" for the more time-appropriate "cowboy Georgie", in reference to the previous president of the United States.

The single version is different from that on Plastic Surgery Disasters.


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Indie Chart[1] 3

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  1. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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