Misguided Studio album by Argyle Park Released March 21, 1995 Recorded Circle Studio, New York City Genre Industrial rock/metal
Length 65:40 Label R.E.X. Records Producer Celldweller Argyle Park chronology Misguided
Suspension of Disbelief
Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating The Phantom Tollbooth 
Misguided is Argyle Park's first and only album under that name. The album was released 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.
Misguided is a diverse album that combines elements such as techno, metal guitar, ragtime piano, horns, samples, and dark vocals, and is notable for melding industrial metal with electronic dance music, an uncommon mix at the time; 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.
R.E.X. Records CD
- "Refuge" (Argyle Park, Buka) – 1:13
- guest vocals: Jim Thirlwell
- "Headscrew" (Argyle Park, Dred, Deathwish, King Salomon, Buka) – 4:57
- guest vocals: Christy Sweet, Celldweller, King Salomon, Klank
- "Agony" (Argyle Park, Celldweller) – 5:15
- guest vocals: Gyro
- guest shouts during chorus: Dirk Lemmenes, Gyro, Jeff Bellew, Ted Cookerly
- bass: Alabama King Fish
- "Futile" (Argyle Park) – 1:41
- horns: Keith Corp
- "Scarred for Life" (Dred, Celldweller) – 4:18
- "A Burden's Folly" (Buka, Deathwish, Dred, Celldweller) – 2:29
- "Circle" (Deathwish) – 3:04
- guest vocals: Christy Sweet
- "Leave Me Alone" (Argyle Park, Dred, Lauren Boquette) – 5:31
- guest vocals: Lauren Boquette
- extra percussion: Marco Forcone
- piano: Alabama King Fish
- "Violent" (Deathwish, Dred) – 4:29
- guest vocals: Evol Eye Jeni, Celldweller
- "Diesel" (Argyle Park) – 1:02
- "Gutterboy (I Am I Am)" (Dred, Buka) – 4:00
- guest vocals: Jeff Bellew, Dirk Lemmenes, King Salomon
- "Og" (Og) – 1:19
- "Misanthrope" (Buka, Dred) – 4:37
- "Skin Shed Pt. 1" (Deathwish, Dred, Celldweller, Tommy Victor) – 2:19
- guest vocals: Tommy Victor, Celldweller
- "Skin Shed Pt. 2" – 2:28
- "Skin Shed Pt. 3" – 2:19
- "Doomsayer" (Argyle Park, Tommy Victor, King Salomon) – 4:23
- guest vocals: King Salomon
- guitar and bass: Tommy Victor
- "Uffern" (Deathwish) – 4:51
Following "Uffern", a number of silent tracks, each under a minute long, separated the three hidden features from the bulk of the album and from each other.
26. Phone Conversation About "Skin Shed" – 2:08
29. Message From Og ("Get It On (Bang A Gong)" Improv) – 1:53
34. Doomsayer (Original Ending) – 0:59
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 (see Backwoods on the Argyle Park wiki page).
Label Date Format Catalog Notes 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: still unidentified officially, though to according to a Facebook post by Klank, his real name is Chris Martello. Jim Thirlwell claims that Buka was a producer at MTV Sports.
- Deathwish and Dred: aliases of Klayton, who also produced the album using the name Celldweller
- Jim Thirlwell of Foetus
- Klank: Daren Diolosa, guitarist of Circle of Dust and, later, frontman of his own band Klank
- Gyro: Jyro Xhan of Mortal
- Tedd Cookerly, vocalist from Every Day Life
- Lauren Boquette and Marco Forcone from Drown
- Tommy Victor of Prong
- King Salomon: Mark Salomon, vocalist from Stavesacre
- Dirk Lemmenes, bass player from Stavesacre
- Jeff Bellew from CHATTERbOX and Stavesacre
- Evol Eye Jeni: Jeni from Sill
- Keith Corp
- Christy Sweet
- Chris Donahue, bassist for Circle of Dust
- Og: John Lopez, bassist for Circle of Dust
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- ^ "SPINonline Conference With Foetus -- Jim Thirlwell". April 26, 1995. http://foetus.org/text/aolchat.html. Retrieved 2009-04-08. "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?"
- ^ Album description by allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved November 23, 2010
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- "Refuge" (Argyle Park, Buka) – 1:13
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