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Washington DC, United States (1980 – 1989)

Government Issue (often just GI) were an American straight edge band originating from the Washington DC scene, formed in 1980 and signed to Dischord Records. Many early songs were straightforward hardcore, clocking in at under the one minute mark, but they later progressed into a more melodic song-focused outfit (citing The Damned as key to gaining this catchy sound) and often with lyrics critical of the short-sighted behavior of the scene they aided in creating.

Given the long running nature of the band, many participants in the DC hardcore scene had gone through G.I.’s membership. Government issue featured Brian Baker of Minor Threat, as well as Mike Fellows of Rites of Spring and many others.

The G.I.s, as they were known, became one of the longest-running bands in the DC hardcore scene. After numerous line-up changes, the band broke up in 1989, vocalist John Stabb (aka: “Fruit Loops”, he also had a band called Betty Blue in the mid 90’s, around 96-98, not sure of the status of that group however) and guitarist Tom Lyle formed an experimental outfit called Glee Club and made two records. Tom Lyle made two solo records that were more straight-ahead hard rock in 1990 and 1992.

Tom Lyle, as well as Bassist J. Robbins and drummer Peter Moffett, regrouped to record 2 unrecorded GI songs. This was released as the Rollkicker Laydown EP.

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  • j-yeags

    yeah, i agree, the later stuff is pretty damn good.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • midnightto6man

    the later stuff is insanely underrated. I like the early HC material a lot as well but crash is such a unique and perfect album.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • EmoAddict15

    I think the LP with Strange Wine is the best.

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • naufragio85

    TEENAGER IN A BOX.

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RedArmada

    All I can tell you, Stabb, is that I wish GI had kept the ferocity and intensity of the earlier material when y'all adopted the intelligence of the later lyrics. I find the later music to be dull, the melody wrecks the feeling of aggression and intensity and I just don't care for it.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kuulalaakeri

    Crash is my favourite. Early hardcore stuff is good but the later melodic stuff is soooo much better. And also highly underrated if you ask me.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FilupLees

    To answer Stabb: I'm guessing most people who find this band in this modern day hear about your band as "hardcore legends" and aren't really expecting the less hardcore oriented stuff, or it's not what they're looking for. I like the later stuff, if it was all just the first seven inch rehashed for a decade there would be no reason to listen to it! Thanks for the tunes.

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kenwk

    Government Issue is a great band!

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • johnstabb

    btw- this really is me. The big old geeky geezer from Government Issue who now is the Voice of Sleeper Agent! from WDC. The only reason I didn't choose to use Stabb as my name is apparently someone else has decided to take it-ha! If you think I'm an imposter, go ahead & challenge me with a question you think only the frontman of G-Issue would know. thanks for caring, John

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • johnstabb

    Thanks for all the kind words about G.I. and all but I am curious about some of y'all who have such nasty opinions on the latter work that the group did. It's cool to have opinoins but I just would love to hear why some of you felt the way you do. Write on, John

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • UlsterParanoid

    we don't wanna hear ROCK N' ROLL BULLSHIT! (8)

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • crackityjones66

    lolno.

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • garyxia

    hahah crackity, you sound like a kid that listened to Linkin Park a month ago, but you go and yell at 10-year-olds with Linkin Park shirts. And come on, you can find way more embarrassing musicians on my last.fm than Screeching Weasel.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • amoebaturd

    crass was a pretty cool band. I saw them play at their reunion and the guitarist looked like he came straight out of motley crue or something

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • crackityjones66

    You literally listen to Screeching Weasel...you have no opinion on anything.

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • garyxia

    get trolled. and crass sucks.

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • crackityjones66

    amoebaturd are you retarded? Rise Against are garbage. Crass is a great band, I don't agree with those Lyrics either. However. Government Issue are a great band. Boycott Stabb is fantastic.

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • amoebaturd

    WeAreCXXXVIII, go listen to real anarchist punk bands like rise against

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • aaronWHAT

    anarchy is dead anarchy is dead anarchy is dead

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • tethyrian

    Wow man, this Rock 'n' Roll Bullshit is really good!

    4 May 2011 Reply
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