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Government Issue (often just GI) were an American straight edge hardcore punk 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…

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  • 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.
  • I think the LP with Strange Wine is the best.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Government Issue is a great band!
  • 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
  • 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
  • we don't wanna hear ROCK N' ROLL BULLSHIT! (8)

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