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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.[5]

Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 1995
August 19, 2016 (remaster)
RecordedCircle Studio, New York City
Moonsong Studio, Riverside, California
LabelR.E.X. Records
FiXT Music (remaster)
Argyle Park chronology
Suspension of Disbelief
Circle Of Dust chronology
Brainchild (Remastered)
Misguided (Remastered)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Cross Rhythms9/10 stars[1]
Matt Morrow6.5/10 stars[2]
The Phantom Tollbooth4.5/5 stars[3]

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.[6] 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.[6][7][8] 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".[6] 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.[citation needed] The controversy and backlash caused the band members to shut Argyle Park down two years after conception.[9]

Tommy Victor of Prong wrote the main riff for the song "Doomsayer", and later used this same riff in the Prong song "Controller".[8] 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.[3]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicGuest artist(s)Length
1."Refuge"BukaArgyle ParkJ. G. Thirlwell1:13
2."Headscrew"Dred, Deathwish, King Salomon, BukaArgyle ParkChristy Sweet, Celldweller, King Salomon, Klank4:57
3."Agony"CelldwellerArgyle ParkGyro, Dirk Lemmenes, Jeff Bellew, Ted Cookerly, Alabama King Fish5:15
4."Futile" Argyle ParkKeith Corp1:41
5."Scarred for Life"Dred, CelldwellerDred 4:18
6."A Burden's Folly"BukaBuka, Deathwish, Dred, Celldweller 2:29
7."Circle"DeathwishDeathwishChristy Sweet3:04
8."Leave Me Alone"Dred, Lauren BoquetteArgyle ParkLauren Boquette, Marco Forcone, Alabama King Fish5:31
9."Violent"Deathwish, DredDeathwish, DredEvol Eye Jeni, Celldweller4:29
10."Diesel" Argyle Park 1:02
11."Gutterboy (I Am I Am)"Buka, DredDredJeff Bellew, Dirk Lemmenes, King Salomon4:00
12."Og" OgOg1:19
13."Misanthrope" Buka, Dred 4:37
14."Skin Shed"Dred, Celldweller, Tommy VictorDeathwish, DredTommy Victor, Celldweller2:19
15."Skin Shed"Dred, Celldweller, Tommy VictorDeathwish, DredTommy Victor, Celldweller2:28
16."Skin Shed"Dred, Celldweller, Tommy VictorDeathwish, DredTommy Victor, Celldweller2:47
17."Doomsayer"King Salomon, BukaArgyle Park, Tommy VictorKing Salomon, Tommy Victor4:23
18."Uffern" Deathwish 4:51
26."[Untitled]"   1:58
29."[Untitled]"   1:47
34."[Untitled]"   0:59

Note: Following track 18, there are 3 hidden tracks and 13 silent tracks. The final hidden track, Track 34, is a spoken word piece intended as the true ending to the song "Doomsayer".

Vinyl pressingEdit

There were only four pressings of the album on vinyl (technically acetates),[10] all of which were given to members of the band. One of these acetates was eventually purchased by a fan, who confirmed on the (now-defunct) FiXT Forums that the vinyl edition of the album contains a bonus track, named "Babylon", which is not on the CD version of Misguided. This same song ended up being 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.

Release historyEdit

Label Date Format Catalog Notes
R.E.X. Music 1994 compact disc REX 410172-2
R.E.X. Music 1995 stereo LP acetate REX 46013-1 Only four (white label) copies pressed for the band
R.E.X. Music 1995 compact disc Repressed for R.E.X.'s new distribution deal
Retroactive Records 2004 compact disc RAR7787 Enhanced disc with text notes and images
FiXT Music 2016 compact disc and digital download 3-CD deluxe edition with many bonus tracks (mostly instrumentals and early demos)


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.

Main membersEdit

Guest appearancesEdit

Recording personnelEdit


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  2. ^ Morrow, Matt. "Argyle Park - Misguided". The Whipping Post. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Marihugh, Josh (7 June 2004). "Misguided review". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  4. ^ Spencer, Trey (May 13, 2011). "Argyle Park - Misguided". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (February 24, 1996). "Michael W. Smith, DC Talk's McKeehan Top Dove Noms" (Print). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 108 (8): 104. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
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  9. ^ "AP2 interview". Automata. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Misguided vinyl (white label) reference page". Discogs. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Woodensoul". Facebook. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  12. ^ "SPINonline Conference With Foetus -- Jim Thirlwell". April 26, 1995. 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?
  13. ^ Power, Billy (March 7, 2015). "Episode 8 - Chris "Buka" Martello". Urban Achiever. Spreaker. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ Album description by AllMusic. Retrieved November 23, 2010