Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Refused-The Shape of Punk to Come

This record will change your outlook on punk, and it's place in modern society, if you let it. When this record came out in 1998, the Refused touted it, as the name implies, as punk's saving grace. You see, they were saying that punk is still relevant, it's just not relevant to itself. There's a wonderful paradox buried inside the absolutely amazing music this record has to offer. The band also never comes across as pretentious, as a lot of innovative punk bands do (Converge...).

There is a brief essay in the liner notes that explains my point here. I'm tired and not doing a very good job at it, so I'll them do it for me:

"A large part of what makes some bands so great is not just rooted in the actual music, ideas, or the fact that they 'were the first to do it'. Rather it is that they were giving their best effort and playing on the edge of their abilities at all times. If a band ever finds that it is not doing both of those things, then they are not playing the kind of music that they should be playing."

The band broke up shortly after this album was released. I guess they didn't see the point in furthering something they realized they couldn't actually take any further. Members went on to be in The (International) Noise Conspiracy. This record is still in print, so I urge you to buy it. To stress this point, I've only included four songs for download.

Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull
Liberation Frequency
The Deadly Rythm (misspell intentional)
Summerholidy vs. Punkroutine
Bruitist Pome #5
New Noise
The Refused Party Program
Protest Song '68
Refused are Fuckin Dead
The Shape of Punk to Come
The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax

But it on Interpunk

1 comment:

Bedlam1313 said...

One of the best recordings ever.