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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.

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  • Avatar for LeUberLuigiFM
    Here's the Rope is the best thing ever.
  • Avatar for bloody72
    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Government Issue
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for EmoAddict15
    I think the LP with Strange Wine is the best.
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  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for kenwk
    Government Issue is a great band!
  • Avatar for 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

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