Protest 100: Refused – ‘Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull

P100 – Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull

Artist:          Refused

Song:           Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull

Album:        The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts

Producer:    Eskil Lövström, Andreas Nilsson, Pelle Henricsson

Label:          Burning Heart

Year:           1998

Notes:
Refused are Swedish. Refused broke up just months after this album’s release, chronicling the spiral in one of my favorite music documentaries ever. The band believed that for punk to remain punk its presentation would have to change. There was no hope of getting a message through on a sound that had been corporately coopted. But there was still plenty of message to share. The move was a tactical one, aimed at maintaining pressure on corporate overlords who had done naught but steal from the poor, uneducated, and sick  

Go to the bottom of the post to watch the aforementioned documentary, ‘Refused Are Fucking Dead’

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Similar lulls had occurred before and were part of why the high-tech wizardry had been developed: to keep people’s senses engaged even when nothing was happening to stimulate them.

Lyrics
They told me that the classics never go out of style but, they do, they do.
Somehow baby, I never thought that we do too.

I got a bone to pick with capitalism and a few to break
Grab us by the throat and shake the life away
Human life is not commodity, figures, statistics or make believe

And yeah, I like eating excrement, not getting paid for it
Play the guilt, play the fear & play the anxiety
And yeah, I like eating excrement, not getting paid for it
Play the guilt, play the fear & play the anxiety

Seduced by the opportunity and robbed of hope
Alien nation is not commodity, figures, statistics or make believe

Yeah!
One more time. Oh!

Marginalize away the joy and sell us boredom

And yeah, I like working doing nothing, not making anything
Blame the poor, blame the uneducated & blame the sick
And yeah, I like working doing nothing, not making anything
Blame the poor, blame the uneducated & blame the sick

I got a bone to pick and a few to break

[Faculties of the Skull]

I took the first bus out of Coca-Cola city
It made me feel all nauseous & shitty
I took the first bus out of Shell town
Cos they didn’t want me all hanging around

Yeah! Yeah! I took the first bus
Yeah, baby! I took the first bus

I took the first bus out of Coca-Cola city
It made me feel all nauseous & shitty
I took the first bus out of Shell town
Cos they didn’t want me all hanging around

Yeah! Yeah! I took the first bus

Let’s take the first bus out of here
Let’s take the first bus out of here
Let’s take the first bus out of here

Let’s take the first bus out of here
Let’s take the first bus out of here
Let’s take the first bus out of here
Let’s go!
Yeah!

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

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