The Shape of Punk to Come

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The Shape of Punk to Come
Studio album by Refused
Released April 13, 1998 (1998-04-13)
Recorded Late 1997 at Tonteknik Bomba Je studios
Genre Hardcore punk, post-hardcore, experimental rock, art punk
Length 55:11
Label Burning Heart
Producer Eskil Lövström, Andreas Nilsson, Pelle Henricsson, Refused
Refused chronology
The Demo Compilation
(1997)
The Shape of Punk to Come
(1998)
The New Noise Theology E.P.
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music favourable[2]
Consequence of Sound 5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 10/10[4]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[citation needed]
Pitchfork Media 9.4/10[5]
Punknews.org 5/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rock Sound 10/10[8]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[9]

The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts, often shortened to The Shape of Punk to Come, is the third album by Swedish hardcore punk band Refused, released in October 1998 through Burning Heart Records. The album's title is a reference to a track on The Nation of Ulysses' second album Plays Pretty for Baby, which itself was a reference and shares its title with Ornette Coleman's 1959 avant-garde jazz album The Shape of Jazz to Come.[5] The song title "Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull" is an allusion to a line from Allen Ginsberg's long poem "Howl". Additionally, the song "Refused Are Fuckin' Dead" is a reference to the Born Against song "Born Against Are Fuckin' Dead".

Although Refused broke up only months after the album's release, The Shape of Punk to Come has since found an audience for the band and largely contributed to their posthumous fame, as well as inspiring many later artists in a wide range of genres.[10][11] Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.

Overview[edit]

This album marked a sharp and conscious departure from Refused's earlier work. The philosophy of the album, expounded in the ample liner notes and encapsulated in the song "New Noise", was that punk and hardcore music could not be anti-establishment by continuing to package revolutionary lyrics in sounds which had been increasingly co-opted into the mainstream. The sound of the record challenged existing punk sensibilities; it was "punk" at a fundamental level, but thanks to bold and experimental combinations of post-hardcore, post-punk, techno, and even jazz sounds, it was worlds apart from pop punk bands such as Green Day and Blink-182, and even more traditional punk rock bands such as Bad Religion and Pennywise.

The album also includes "political interludes" between some songs. The use of more technological sounds or drum and bass music, particularly on The New Noise Theology E.P. which followed the album, is a tactic that various members of Refused have credited to the influence of Philadelphia punk band Ink & Dagger.

Samples and "borrowed" material[edit]

2004 Reissue[edit]

In 2004, a DVD-Audio version of the album was released, remixed in 5.1-channel Surround Sound. Many of the songs were compositionally altered, some significantly. "Bruitist Pome #5," for example, was thoroughly reworked, while a seven-minute version of "Refused Are Fuckin Dead" jarringly transitions into a new second half, which incorporates elements of the Bombe Je Remix of the song. Other songs received new intros or outros.

Reception[edit]

In 2005, The Shape of Punk to Come was ranked number 428 in Rock Hard magazine's book The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull" – 7:05
  2. "Liberation Frequency" – 4:08
  3. "The Deadly Rhythm" – 3:34
  4. "Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine" – 4:01
  5. "Bruitist Pome #5" – 1:25
  6. "New Noise" – 5:08
  7. "The Refused Party Program" – 2:38
  8. "Protest Song '68" – 4:32
  9. "Refused Are Fuckin Dead" – 5:08
  10. "The Shape of Punk to Come" – 5:06
  11. "Tannhäuser / Derivè" – 8:07
  12. "The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax" – 4:13

2010 Reissue[edit]

In addition to the 12 tracks of the original release, the 2010 reissue, released as a deluxe edition, also included previously unreleased live recordings from a 1998 concert and a DVD of the documentary on the band, Refused Are Fucking Dead.[11]

Disc 2: Live at Umeå Open festival (April 3, 1998)[edit]

  1. "The Shape of Punk to Come" – 4:38
  2. "The Refused Party Program" – 1:28
  3. "Circle Pit" – 2:48
  4. "Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull" – 5:31
  5. "Hook, Line and Sinker" – 2:51
  6. "Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine" – 3:54
  7. "Rather Be Dead" – 3:42
  8. "Burn It" – 2:33
  9. "The Deadly Rhythm" – 4:05
  10. "Coup d'Ètat" – 5:10
  11. "New Noise" – 4:48
  12. "Tannhäuser" – 7:30

Disc 3: Refused Are Fucking Dead DVD[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Shape of Punk to Come personnel as listed in the album liner notes.[13]