||This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
||This article needs additional citations for verification. (October 2008)
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. 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. Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.
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, progressive 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 
2004 Reissue 
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.
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.
Track listing 
- "Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull" – 7:05
- "Liberation Frequency" – 4:08
- "The Deadly Rhythm" – 3:34
- "Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine" – 4:01
- "Bruitist Pome #5" – 1:25
- "New Noise" – 5:08
- "The Refused Party Program" – 2:38
- "Protest Song '68" – 4:32
- "Refused Are Fuckin Dead" – 5:08
- "The Shape of Punk to Come" – 5:06
- "Tannhäuser / Derivè" – 8:07
- "The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax" – 4:13
2010 Reissue 
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.
Disc 2: Live at Umeå Open festival (April 3, 1998) 
- "The Shape of Punk to Come" – 4:38
- "The Refused Party Program" – 1:28
- "Circle Pit" – 2:48
- "Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull" – 5:31
- "Hook, Line and Sinker" – 2:51
- "Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine" – 3:54
- "Rather Be Dead" – 3:42
- "Burn It" – 2:33
- "The Deadly Rhythm" – 4:05
- "Coup d'Ètat" – 5:10
- "New Noise" – 4:48
- "Tannhäuser" – 7:30
Disc 3: Refused Are Fucking Dead DVD 
The Shape of Punk to Come personnel as listed in the album liner notes.
Additional musicians 
Art and design 
- Dennis Lyxzén – art direction, layout
- José – layout
- David Sandström – photo collage
- Ulf Nyberg – Refused photos
- Axel Stattin – back cover photo
- ^ Butler, Blake (Oct. 27, 1998). "The Shape of Punk to Come - Refused". AllMusic. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ "Music - Review of Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come - Deluxe Edition". BBC. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ "Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ Stephen, Paul (June 1, 2010). "Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come (Special Edition) / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ a b Breihan, Tom (June 9, 2010). "Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts [Deluxe Edition] | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ "Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come". Punknews.org. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Refused". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- ^ Ben Patashnik (June 2010). "Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come". Rock Sound (136): 88.
- ^ "Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2012.
- ^ "Refused: New Noise Spawns Nu Shame". Exclaim!. Feb. 2000. Retrieved Jan. 22, 2012.
- ^ a b "Refused's 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' To Be Released As A Deluxe Edition". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 39. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
- ^ The Shape of Punk to Come (Vinyl liner notes). Refused. Los Angeles, California: Burning Heart Records. 1998. 82001-1.