The Headless Children showcases a new level of maturity from the band compared to their previous three albums, which had stereotypically lewd “rock and roll” lyrics. Politics and social issues are now a theme throughout the album: “The Neutron Bomber” is about Ronald Reagan; the cover art depicts a string of historical figures including Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Benito Mussolini, Charles Manson, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Al Capone and the Ku Klux Klan, with an image of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald shown prominently in the foreground. Later editions of the album have replaced, among others, Ayatollah Khomeini with additional KKK members. The lead single was The Real Me.
[Dedicated to Tim Christensen]