with Stephanie Anderson
(# 276 in
and Ludwig from T(I)NC.
something about yourself!
My name is
Stephanie, I am 18 and I live in Southern California in the US. I'm an
artist, a student, and have a deep interest in radical politics. Most of
views is shown
in the pieces of art that I do.
you find this site?
I did a search
a while back on some Refused sites. I think that within one of those sites,
I saw a link to this one.
you discover Refused?
I started listening
to Refused about a year ago, because I had been a fan of the T(I)NC before,
and wanted to see what Refused was all about.
your reaction when you first heard them?
They were awesome,
unlike most punk bands I had heard before. I think what I found at first
(and still do) to be most incredible about Refused to this day is their
the views they conveyed through the music. Dennis is a great lyricist.
the first Refused record you bought?
of Punk to Come" oh, yes!
your favourite Refused record?
I have 2 that are the best in my opinion. "Shape of Punk .." is "the best"
in that the band put a lot into making that album, and it really gets the
about what's going on in the world around them and so on. "The Ep Compilation"
is "the best" in that it really shows the band's versitility, you hear
songs being played at different speeds .. none of them sound really the
same, plus there's a track sang in Svenska. Good stuff!
your favourite Refused song?
There are too
many to list ... I do like "Summerholidays Vs. Punk Routine" a lot .. the
lyric, "Rather be forgotten, then remembered for giving in!" yes, yes very
or their politics inspired you in any way?
Not so much
Refused, but The (International) Noise Conspiracy has ... a lot. I was
into them first, and began finding an interest in politics, such as Socialism,
and some Anarchism. I think that when I heard Refused, they kind of helped
me look into it even more, thus creating a stronger interest in the topic.
seen them perform live?
way! Refused broke up when I was 13, and I had no idea of who they were
until I was 17 ... I do have this video, however, of 2 live performances
are they intense live! One of the shows was done after Refused "broke up"
in 98 .. it was the last show on the tour, and Dave Sandström was
You couldn't hear Dennis sing at all because they were so loud. Man O man.
met anyone in the band?
I have only
met members from the T(I)NC. And one of them was Dennis. I met him several
times in that one occasion, it was when they did a show here back in
It was pretty
funny, I was talking to this guy before the show who had been a long time
Refused fan, and asked me who the man standing in the distance with all
around him was. I responded "the one in the green jacket?" and he replied
"yes"' and I told him, "That's Dennis". He responded very quickly was and
"No way!" he said. "Way!" I told him. He was in shock when he met Dennis,
I think Dennis might have thought this guy was nuts or something. When
to Dennis, we discussed this program I am in at school that is all about
ending descrimination and predjudice, and celebrating diversity. We went
on to talk
heritage, as we are both Scandinavian (only I'm Norwegian .. =D) It was
an interesting conversation, mainly because it was just us talking about
you think about the Refused related projects?
Let's see ....
The T(I)NC is fucking rad! Lost Patrol is AMAZING .... and TEXT... is ...
well .... interesting... if you like that sort of thing.
How do you
think Refused would sound today if they were still around?
Still the same
(musically) I'd assume. Perhaps lyrically, they'd have even MORE of a political
edge, since that's what Dennis really wanted to aim for toward the end
on March 31, 2002.