Refused are Fucking Dead

Posted on June 16, 2008. Filed under: Music, Reviews |

Refused were a hardcore punk band that existed between 1991 and 1998. This DVD is named very appropriately, as 8 years after the demise of the band it was released, as an explanation and a legacy for what was one of the most politically charged bands that ever existed.

Shortly after recording their final album, ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’, which itself was their own manifesto in sound, in a basement in America the band suddenly ground to a halt two songs into their set as police charged onto the stage. This DVD remembers this and interviews from the band members show a VERY honest perspective from them all about their feelings for the band and the other band members. The entire history and message of the band has been perfectly captured in this short documentary. Personally, i think that it has been very well done as it contains a ‘raw’ feeling as if it has just been recorded on a home video camera, a feeling that keeps in with the raw feeling of the band.
Also on the DVD is a recording of the entire album, ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’ so it is not only a documentary, but also a live performance for your money and if that wasn’t enough, it also has the superb videos for ‘New noise’, one of the greatest Hardcore songs ever recorded and ‘Rather be Dead’ which is the last song that refused played and they were beaten down by the police and one of their most popular songs.

In conclusion this is a great memory for a great band and a must have for any Refused fan, but also an excellent purchase for anyone who wants so discover the band. I have given it four stars out of five as new people to the band will not be able to appreciate it fully, but all in all it is fantastic.


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