Dysfunction is the second studio album by American rock band Staind. It is also the group's first release on any label at all, in this case the Flip/Elektra label. "Suffocate", "Just Go", "Mudshovel", and "Home" were released as singles. The song "Mudshovel" can also be found on the band's previous album, Tormented, albeit in a slightly different form; that version of the song goes under the title spelled "Mudshuvel". It would serve as Staind's breakout single, peaking at number 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
Despite trying to remove Staind from opening for Limp Bizkit at a 1997 concert, due to the intense cover illustration on their 1996 album Tormented, Fred Durst was impressed with their performance. After hearing their four-song demo, Durst signed Staind to Flip/Elektra to record the band's album Dysfunction. However, Durst suggested Staind would become more melodic. Durst and Staind then traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to begin developing new songs, and after a meeting with Flip, Staind recorded a three-track sampler in Los Angeles, California. By February 1998, they acquired a record contract and after performing on the summer Warped Tour began recording Dysfunction in December.
Staind's vocalist, Aaron Lewis, has stated he feels that, "Dysfunction was a huge step away from Tormented."
Guitarist Mike Mushok expressed frustration in how label personnel were in no way intrusive on the production of Dysfunction, but after it sold over a million copies, the band would be relentlessly hassled during the production of future albums.
Considered nu metal and alternative metal,Dysfunction is known for having both singing and screaming. The album is also known for having songs with slow parts that then turn into aggressive parts with screaming. The album's lyrics are noted for being either angry or depressing.
The hidden track "Excess Baggage" starts with Staind frontman, Aaron Lewis, walking into, presumably, a bathroom. He sits down on the toliet with the seat down, and you can hear some metal clanging and then the metal falls to the floor. No one really knows what made the noise. Then Aaron takes a sip of a beverage, or wine, from a wine glass. Then he starts playing the song. An interesting thing is that Aaron was unaware he was being recorded. No one knows who had secretly recorded Aaron.