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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 Deadly Rythm
  5.   The Shape of Punk to Come
  6.   Elektra
  7.   Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine
  8.   Protest Song '68
  9.   Bruitist Pome #5
  10.   Tannhäuser/Derivè
  11.   Servants of Death
  12.   The Refused Party Program
  13.   Refused Are Fucking Dead
  14.   Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull
  15.   The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax
  16.   Live Wire
  17.   Gratitude
  18.   Pump the Brakes
  19.   L 182
  20.   Our Silence
  21.   Defeated
  22.   Dust
  23.   Perception
  24.   Racial Liberation
  25.   Everlasting
  26.   Stolen Voices
  27.   Elektra by SBCR
  28.   Guilty
  29.   Bullet
  30.   Useless Europeans
  31.   Thought Is Blood
  32.   Dawkins Christ
  33.   The Deadly Rhytmn
  34.   Soft
  35.   Break
  36.   The New Deal
  37.   I Wish
  38.   No Reason Why
  39.   Tide
  40.   Mark
  41.   Bottom
  42.   Intro
  43.   Strength
  44.   Circle Pit
  45.   Poetry Written in Gasoline
  46.   Blind Date
  47.   Summerholiday vs. Punkroutine
  48.   The Slayer
  49.   Beauty
  50.   This Trust Will Kill Again
  51.   Worthless Is the Freedom Bought...
  52.   Life Support Addiction
  53.   Hook, Line and Sinker
  54.   Coup d'Ètat
  55.   Pretty Face
  56.   I Am Not Me
  57.   Sunflower Princess
  58.   Symbols
  59.   Burn It
  60.   5th Freedom
  61.   The Real
  62.   I Wish / D.R.S.S
  63.   366
  64.   Destroy the Man
  65.   War on the Palaces
  66.   Françafrique
  67.   Old Friends/New War
  68.   Where's Equality
  69.   Re-Fused
  70.   Another One
  71.   Enough Is Enough
  72.   Fusible Front
  73.   Reach Out
  74.   Fudge
  75.   Blind
  76.   Where Is Equality
  77.   Who Died
  78.   Burn
  79.   Hate Breeds Hate
  80.   I'll Choose My Side
  81.   The Marlboro Man is Dead
  82.   Voodoo People
  83.   Lick It Clean
  84.   Jag Äter Inte Mina Vänner
  85.   It's Not O.K. ...
  86.   Rather Be Dead
  87.   Crusader of Hopelessness
  88.   Half Mast
  89.   [Untitled]
  90.   Trickbag
  91.   Last Minute Pointer
  92.   Back In Black
  93.   Cheap
  94.   Return to the Closet
  95.   Angel by zZz
  96.   Tannhäuser
  97.   The Marlboro Is Dead
  98.   Inclination