Let’s add some non-standard punk.

I think I just might be coming down with something, which makes me want to get to bed early and not writ long and rambling monologues today. So I won’t. I’ll simply throw you some wonderful Swedish post-hardcore.

A song combining a catchy melody, a killer hook riff and a magnificent “in your fucking face” attitude.

Refused – New Noise [The Shape of Punk to Come] | 1998 | Post-Hardcore

[expand title=”Lyrics”]Can I scream? Yeah!
We lack the motion to move to the new beat
We lack the motion to move to the new beat

It’s here for us to admire if we can afford the beauty of it
Can afford the luxury of turning our heads
Adjust that thousand dollars smile and behold the creation of man
Great words won’t cover ugly actions – good frames won’t save bad paintings

We lack the motion to move to the new beat. Yeah!
We lack… motion
When the day is over – Hey! – the doors are locked on us
Money buys the access – and we can’t pay the cost
And how can we expect anyone to listen if we are using the same old voice?
We need new noise – new art for the real people

We dance to all the wrong songs
We enjoy all the wrong moves
We dance to all the wrong songs
We’re not leading
We dance to all the wrong songs
We enjoy all the wrong moves
We dance to all the wrong songs
We’re not, we’re not, we’re not, we’re not, we’re not, we’re not…
Leading

We dance – all the wrong songs
We enjoy – all the wrong moves
We dance – all the wrong songs

We dance – all the wrong songs
We enjoy – all the wrong moves
We dance – all the wrong songs

Here we go!

We dance to all the wrong songs
We enjoy all the wrong moves
We dance to all the wrong songs
We’re not leading. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

The new beat! The new beat! The new beat! The new beat!
The new beat! The new beat! The new beat! The new beat!
The new beat! The new beat! The new beat! The new beat!
The new beat! The new beat! The new beat! The new beat!
Thank you.[/expand]

I actually find it hard to believe that this is a 90s song, as its refinement and advanced structures scream 2003/2004. This makes it one of those songs that were ahead of their time, skill- and production-wise. And this is a huge compliment. … NO. A good production and line-perfect skills don’t make a good song alone. It needs energy and feeling too, to be considered truly good. And guess what? I really think that “New Noise” delivers that. I mean, when they let themselves be influenced to put some nifty Drumm’n’Base portions into this song (against the backdrop of an ironically pretty damn conservative audience) and make them sound GOOD and ORGANIC, they simply WON. They won with New Noise.

I’m mostly a Goth Rock, EBM and Darkwave kind of guy when it comes to dancing. But even I fully adore and love to hear this song when out hitting the dancefloor.
There’s a trifecta of songs that came out prior to 2005 that make me want to go utterly crazy when a DJ puts them on. It speaks volumes for the that they were able to be picked up by “Goth” DJs. They rock. They rock hard. And they all have awesome hooks, beats and melodies which make them perfect to go crazy, let loose and mosh like a mad motherfucker.

You just heard one of them.
Here are the other two:

Slipknot – Before I Forget [2004]
(The hooks and riffs here… *goosebumps*

Disturbed – Down With the Sickness [2000]
(Still a helluva epic intro.)