Dysfunction (album)

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Studio album by Staind
Released April 13, 1999
Recorded December 1998 – January 1999 in Jacksonville, Florida
Length 56:14
Label Flip, Elektra
Producer Terry Date, Fred Durst
Staind chronology
Break the Cycle
Singles from Dysfunction
  1. "Suffocate"
    Released: February 4, 1999
  2. "Just Go"
    Released: May 27, 1999
  3. "Mudshovel"
    Released: October 29, 1999
  4. "Home"
    Released: February 6, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

Dysfunction is the second studio album by the 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.[4] The album has been certified two times platinum by the RIAA, selling two million copies in the United States alone.[5]

Background, music and lyrics[edit]

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.[6]

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has stated he feels that "even Dysfunction was a huge step away from Tormented."[7]

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.[8]

Considered nu metal[9] and alternative metal,[1] Dysfunction is known for having both singing and screaming.[1][10] The album is also known for having songs with slow parts that then turn into aggressive parts with screaming.[10] The album's lyrics are noted for being either angry or depressing.[1][10]

Album art[edit]

The artwork for Dysfunction reflects its title. All four band members are depicted with dysfunctional properties related to their position in the band; Aaron (vocalist) is shown without a mouth, Mike (guitarist) is shown with webbed hands, Johnny (bassist) is shown with only one arm and Jon (drums and percussion) is shown with a pegged leg. Finally the most obvious reference to the album's title is on the cover; the clown's reflection is incorrect.

Touring and performance[edit]

Staind toured with Kid Rock in the spring before joining the Family Values Tour 1999 along with various nu metal and rap metal musicians. Three tracks were performed live during the band's MTV Unplugged performance in 2002: "Me", and "Home", and the hidden track "Excess Baggage".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Aaron Lewis, all music composed by Staind.

No. Title Length
1. "Suffocate"   3:16
2. "Just Go"   4:50
3. "Me"   4:36
4. "Raw"   4:10
5. "Mudshovel"   4:41
6. "Home"   4:04
7. "A Flat"   4:59
8. "Crawl"   4:30
9. "Spleen" (contains hidden track "Excess Baggage" starting at 16:20) 21:02
Limited Edition bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "Bring the Noise" (featuring Fred Durst) 3:51



Album - Billboard (North America)[11]

Year Chart Position
1999 Top Heatseekers 1[12]
The Billboard 200 74[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Dysfunction at AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Staind, Dysfunction Album review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 775. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "Staind | Awards". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Database Search Results for Staind". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  6. ^ "Staind Tour Dates". Eventful.com. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Florino, Rick (August 25, 2008). "Interview - Staind (Aaron Lewis)". ArtistDirect.com. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ Grierson, Tim (August 20, 2008). "Staind Interview". About.com. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Heavy Metal Classifications: A History of Nu Metal". Metal Descent. 
  10. ^ a b c "Music Review: Staind - Dysfunction". Attrition.org. 
  11. ^ Chart information at AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Awards at Allmusic