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.
Famous quotes containing the words shape and/or punk:
“Irish poets, learn your trade,
Sing whatever is well made,
Scorn the sort now growing up
All out of shape from toe to top.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“When theres no future
How can there be sin
Were the flowers in the dustbin
Were the poison in your human machine
Were the future
God Save the Queen”
—The Sex Pistols, British punk band (1976-1979)