|Studio album by Argyle Park|
|Released||March 21, 1995
August 19, 2016 (remaster)
|Recorded||Circle Studio, New York City
Moonsong Studio, Riverside, California
|Genre||Industrial rock, industrial metal, worldbeat, punk rock, techno|
FiXT Music (remaster)
|Argyle Park chronology|
|Circle Of Dust chronology|
|The Phantom Tollbooth|||
Misguided is Argyle Park's first and only album under that name. The album was released on March 21, 1995 by R.E.X. Records into the Christian rock market, and sits alongside other early 90s work by Circle of Dust and Mortal as being instrumental in introducing industrial music to the Christian music scene. The album was nominated for Best Metal/Hard Rock Album at the 27th Annual GMA Dove Awards in 1996.
Misguided is a diverse album that combines elements such as techno, metal guitar, ragtime piano, horns, samples, and dark vocals. Members cited influences such as Portishead and jazz being responsible for the experimentation on the album. It also features a wide variety of guest appearances by other alternative Christian bands and mainstream industrial bands of the mid 90s. The lyrics generally center around themes of betrayal, bitterness, and emotional pain, with band members and associates at various times hinting that the album was acting as catharsis for a child abuse situation at the church they all attended while growing up. The resultant thematic darkness of the album caused its reception to be mixed, with many Christian listeners protesting the lack of positive content, even going so far as to call it "anti-Christian". R.E.X. themselves attempted to censor the band before the album's release, deeming the outro verse of the song "Doomsayer" as being too controversial and cutting it from the song. The band, however, inserted the cut snippet onto the end of the album master tape before R.E.X. noticed and the outro now appears as a hidden track at the very end of the CD. The controversy and backlash caused the band members to shut Argyle Park down two years after conception.
Tommy Victor of Prong wrote the main riff for the song "Doomsayer", and later used this same riff in the Prong song "Controller". Originally released on R.E.X. Records, the album was re-issued as a limited run in 2005 by Retroactive Records with bonus tracks, additional booklet information, and enhanced ROM material on the disc.
|1.||"Refuge"||Buka||Argyle Park||J. G. Thirlwell||1:13|
|2.||"Headscrew"||Dred, Deathwish, King Salomon, Buka||Argyle Park||Christy Sweet, Celldweller, King Salomon, Klank||4:57|
|3.||"Agony"||Celldweller||Argyle Park||Gyro, Dirk Lemmenes, Jeff Bellew, Ted Cookerly, Alabama King Fish||5:15|
|4.||"Futile"||Argyle Park||Keith Corp||1:41|
|5.||"Scarred for Life"||Dred, Celldweller||Dred||4:18|
|6.||"A Burden's Folly"||Buka||Buka, Deathwish, Dred, Celldweller||2:29|
|8.||"Leave Me Alone"||Dred, Lauren Boquette||Argyle Park||Lauren Boquette, Marco Forcone, Alabama King Fish||5:31|
|9.||"Violent"||Deathwish, Dred||Deathwish, Dred||Evol Eye Jeni, Celldweller||4:29|
|11.||"Gutterboy (I Am I Am)"||Buka, Dred||Dred||Jeff Bellew, Dirk Lemmenes, King Salomon||4:00|
|14.||"Skin Shed"||Dred, Celldweller, Tommy Victor||Deathwish, Dred||Tommy Victor, Celldweller||2:19|
|15.||"Skin Shed"||Dred, Celldweller, Tommy Victor||Deathwish, Dred||Tommy Victor, Celldweller||2:28|
|16.||"Skin Shed"||Dred, Celldweller, Tommy Victor||Deathwish, Dred||Tommy Victor, Celldweller||2:47|
|17.||"Doomsayer"||King Salomon, Buka||Argyle Park, Tommy Victor||King Salomon, Tommy Victor||4:23|
There were only three pressings of the album on vinyl, each of which were given to members of the band. One of these was eventually purchased by a fan, who confirmed that the vinyl edition of the album contained an extra track, "Babylon". This same song had been included on Klay Scott's 1998 Circle of Dust album Disengage, and presumably would have been one of the songs included on Buka's Backwoods Records compilation.
|R.E.X. Records||1994||Compact Disc||REX 410172-2|
|stereo LP||Only three copies pressed for the band|
|R.E.X. Records||1995||Compact Disc||Repressed for R.E.X.'s new distribution deal|
|Retroactive Records||2004||Compact Disc||Enhanced disc with text notes and images|
Most of the contributors to Misguided appeared under aliases or alternate spellings of their commonly known names. Their real identities, if known, are listed here.
- Buka: alias of Chris Martello, at the time a producer at MTV Sports. 
- Deathwish and Dred: aliases of Klayton, who also produced the album using the name Celldweller
- Jim Thirlwell of Foetus, Wiseblood, Steroid Maximus, and Manorexia - narration on "Refuge"
- Klank: Daren Diolosa of Circle of Dust, Klank, and Left Out - vocals on "Headscrew"
- Gyro: Jyro Xhan of Mortal and Fold Zandura - vocals and shouts on "Agony"
- Tedd Cookerly, of Every Day Life - shouts on "Agony"
- Lauren Boquette of Drown - vocals on "Leave Me Alone"
- Marco Forcone of Drown - extra percussion on "Leave Me Alone"
- Tommy Victor of Prong, Teenage Time Killers, Ministry, Danzig, and Tapeworm - vocals on "Skin Shed", guitar and bass on "Doomsayer"
- King Salomon: Mark Salomon of Stavesacre, The Crucified, Neon Horse, CHATTERBoX - vocals on "Headscrew", "Gutterboy (I Am I Am)", and "Doomsayer"
- Dirk Lemmenes of Focused and Stavesacre - shouts on "Agony", vocals on "Gutterboy (I Am I Am)"
- Jeff Bellew of CHATTERbOX, Stavesacre, and The Crucified - shouts on "Agony", vocals on "Gutterboy (I Am I Am)"
- Evol Eye Jeni: Jeni of Sill - vocals on "Violent"
- Keith Corp - horns on "Futile"
- Christy Sweet - vocals on "Headscrew" and "Circle"
- Alabama King Fish: Chris Donahue of Circle of Dust and Vigilantes of Love - bass on "Agony", piano on "Leave Me Alone"
- Og: John Lopez of Circle of Dust - performer and writer of "Og"
- Celldweller - Producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer
- Vin Syrek - Mixing engineer, digital editing
- Bob Moon - Engineering
- Duncan Standbury - Mastering
- Jeff - Album artwork
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Jim Foetus : The guy from argyle park is one of the producers of MTV Sports which I do the voiceovers for and he asked me to do it at the end of a session and just gave me the script and I said why not?
- Power, Billy (March 7, 2015). "Episode 8 - Chris "Buka" Martello". Urban Achiever. Spreaker. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
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