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Influential Swedish hardcore band Refused were formed in 1991 by vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, guitarists Jon Brännström and Kristofer Steen, bassist Magnus Höggren, and drummer David Sandström. Debuting in 1993 with the EP This Is the New Deal, the group issued the full-length This Just Might Be...the Truth later that same year. The Everlasting EP followed in 1994, and in 1995 Refused returned with another EP, Refused Loves Randy. After 1996's Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent, they issued the EP Rather Be Dead; in the wake of completing 1998's classic The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused disbanded, unable to reconcile their anarchist leanings with a career in music. Following their split, Lyxzén went on to form the (International) Noise Conspiracy, while other members created TEXT, among other side projects. The complete split lasted until 2008, when Lyxzén and Sandström formed hardcore outfit AC4. A couple of years later Epitaph Records caused a stir among the band's cult following after posting the cryptic message "Coming Soon" on the old Refused website. Speculation went into overdrive about a possible reunion, before it was announced that the promotion had been for the reissued version of The Shape of Punk to Come, which came packaged with a live album and Steen's documentary Refused Are Fucking Dead. In 2012 BBC Radio 1's Mike Davies announced the full reunion of both Refused and At the Drive-In, with the Swedish band confirming rumors of its slated appearance at Coachella that year. Following the announcement, Refused confirmed a host of summer festival appearances, before indicating that their re-formation was for 2012 only. To cap off their year, they returned to their hometown of Umeå in December for a special performance. They were awarded the "Special Prize for Swedish Music Exports" by the Minister of Trade in 2013, and in 2014 Jon Brännström left the band. Despite claiming their reunion was limited only to 2012, they were announced for the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festivals. Their fourth studio album, Freedom, was slated for release in 2015, coming 17 years after The Shape of Punk to Come. They recorded with Nick Launay (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Killing Joke), while also turning to Swedish pop producer/songwriter Shellback -- whose credits include Taylor Swift and Britney Spears -- for lead single "Elektra." ~ Jason Ankeny & Scott Kerr
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  1.   Song
  2.   New Noise
  3.   Liberation Frequency
  4.   The Shape of Punk to Come
  5.   The Deadly Rythm
  6.   Elektra
  7.   Bruitist Pome #5
  8.   Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine
  9.   Tannhäuser/Derivè
  10.   Protest Song '68
  11.   Servants of Death
  12.   Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull
  13.   The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax
  14.   Refused Are Fucking Dead
  15.   The Refused Party Program
  16.   Live Wire
  17.   Gratitude
  18.   Blind
  19.   The Real
  20.   Hate Breeds Hate
  21.   Dust
  22.   Poetry Written in Gasoline
  23.   Burn It
  24.   366
  25.   Dawkins Christ
  26.   Enough Is Enough
  27.   Reach Out
  28.   I'll Choose My Side
  29.   The Marlboro Man is Dead
  30.   Bottom
  31.   Summerholiday vs. Punkroutine
  32.   The Slayer
  33.   Rather Be Dead
  34.   Life Support Addiction
  35.   Strength
  36.   Intro
  37.   Old Friends/New War
  38.   Cheap
  39.   I Wish / D.R.S.S
  40.   Stolen Voices
  41.   Guilty
  42.   Perception
  43.   Half Mast
  44.   Bullet
  45.   Useless Europeans
  46.   Destroy the Man
  47.   War on the Palaces
  48.   Thought Is Blood
  49.   Angel by zZz
  50.   L 182
  51.   The Marlboro Is Dead
  52.   Where's Equality
  53.   Tannhäuser
  54.   Break
  55.   Re-Fused
  56.   Another One
  57.   Fusible Front
  58.   Fudge
  59.   The New Deal
  60.   I Wish
  61.   Where Is Equality
  62.   Who Died
  63.   Burn
  64.   Racial Liberation
  65.   Defeated
  66.   No Reason Why
  67.   Tide
  68.   Mark
  69.   Inclination
  70.   Our Silence
  71.   [Untitled]
  72.   5th Freedom
  73.   Trickbag
  74.   Pump the Brakes
  75.   Voodoo People
  76.   Lick It Clean
  77.   Circle Pit
  78.   Jag Äter Inte Mina Vänner
  79.   Blind Date
  80.   It's Not O.K. ...
  81.   Everlasting
  82.   Symbols
  83.   Sunflower Princess
  84.   I Am Not Me
  85.   Pretty Face
  86.   Coup d'Ètat
  87.   Hook, Line and Sinker
  88.   Beauty
  89.   Back In Black
  90.   This Trust Will Kill Again
  91.   Françafrique
  92.   Last Minute Pointer
  93.   Elektra by SBCR
  94.   Soft
  95.   Crusader of Hopelessness
  96.   The Deadly Rhytmn
  97.   Return to the Closet
  98.   Worthless Is the Freedom Bought...