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GOVERNMENT ISSUE was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. active from 1980 to 1989. The band experienced many changes in membership during its nine-year existence, with singer John Stabb as the only consistent member in an ever-fluctuating lineup that at various times included notable musicians Brian Baker , Mike Fellows , Steve Hansgen , J. Robbins , and Peter Moffett . Government Issue originated from the Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
hardcore scene but added elements of heavy metal , new wave , and psychedelic rock on later records. Though this has caused the band to be sometimes overlooked in relation to other Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
hardcore acts, their stylistic diversity made them influential to later punk rock groups. Government Issue performed occasional reunion shows in the 2000s and 2010s with various lineups, until Stabb's death from stomach cancer in 2016.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1980–1981: Formation and debut * 1.2 1981–1985: Lineup and label changes * 1.3 1986–1989: Final lineup and breakup * 1.4 Post-breakup activity and Stabb\'s death

* 2 Style and influence * 3 Band members

* 4 Discography

* 4.1 Studio albums * 4.2 Live albums * 4.3 Singles "> 2014 Government Issue
Government Issue
reunion at the Damaged City Festival featuring the original lineup.

Government Issue
Government Issue
reunited a second time for a performance in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
on December 11, 2010. The show featured the band's final lineup of Stabb, Lyle, Robbins, and Moffett, and was a benefit to raise medical funds for a local DJ. On April 11, 2014, Government Issue reunited for the final time with the original Legless Bull lineup of Stabb, John Barry, Brian Gay along with drummer Karl Hill for the Damaged City Festival in Washington, DC. After the final reunion show, Stabb said " Government Issue
Government Issue
is a group again, and it was so much fun playing Damaged City Fest 2014, we decided to just keep it going." The band continued in 2015, playing the Bad Ass Weekend festival in Houston
Houston
that February and a five-date tour of the Southeastern United States in October and November, including a performance at The Fest . Stabb died of stomach cancer on May 7, 2016 at the age of 54.

STYLE AND INFLUENCE

Government Issue
Government Issue
was one of the best bands in the history of American Hardcore. For one reason or another, they were jinxed. Their van'd break down; they'd do tours and have ten people at the show because of no publicity — everything bad that could happen to a band happened to them. But they were amazing. – Dave Smalley
Dave Smalley
, singer for DYS , Dag Nasty , All , and Down by Law

Though Government Issue
Government Issue
began as a hardcore punk act, over time their music evolved to incorporate other styles. Steven Blush , author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History , writes that they "vied with Minor Threat as the top band in 1981–1982" and that Legless Bull "best exemplified smartass suburban HC." But by 1982, with Brian Baker and Tom Lyle in the lineup, the band began to develop a sound more akin to heavy rock than pure hardcore. Steve Huey of Allmusic notes that the band "carried the torch for traditional hardcore punk on their early records, but evolved into something more adventurous by adding bits of metal , new wave pop , and psychedelia ".

By 1986's Government Issue
Government Issue
Stabb was moving in a more melodic direction influenced by the gothic rock of The Damned , and by 1988's Crash the group was at its most musically diverse. Stabb himself later remarked that Government Issue
Government Issue
"proved that we were more than just a hardcore band. We'd graduated from the school of 'bang and howl' and we really bummed out a small portion of our punk audience", and that "we'd moved on from the hardcore world into melodic, well-crafted punk with a decidedly pop edge." Aaron Burgess of Alternative Press notes that the continual evolution in sound over the band's nine-year lifespan made their music more influential to later generations of punk rock groups:

Though they started out playing solid, standard-issue melodic hardcore, Government Issue
Government Issue
weren't afraid to let their outside influences, no matter how incongruous, infect their music—or, in Stabb's case, their look, as well So, while Stabb's hairdos and stage clothes got increasingly kookier, so did the band's music draw ideas from pop, goth, psychedelia, Middle Eastern music and beyond. And while changes like these could seem like sellout moves for a group that once wrote a song called "Rock 'N' Roll Bullshit", they were a vital next step in the evolution of .

However, though they did have a following in the straight edge community, Government Issue's stylistic expansion from one album to the next alienated much of their early hardcore audience. Blush writes that "Unfortunately, most who went to see G.I. through the 80s still expected to hear hardcore reminiscent of the first EP. The group was moving into a softer, R.E.M.
R.E.M.
direction, and none of their fans gave a shit about such profound maturity." Huey remarks that the band "has remained somewhat overlooked in relation to the rest of the D.C. hardcore bands of their time, in part because their music never really fit the proto-emo bent of much of the local Dischord stable", while Burgess notes that they nonetheless "made history in their own way by never fitting into the scene most people naturally associated with their city."

BAND MEMBERS

GOVERNMENT ISSUE LINEUPS 1980–Sep 1981 Legless Bull

* John Stabb – vocals * John Barry – guitar * Brian Gay – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

SEP –NOV 1981

* John Stabb – vocals * John Barry – guitar * Brian Baker – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

Nov 1981–Apr 1982 Make an Effort

* John Stabb – vocals * Brian Baker – guitar * Tom Lyle – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

Apr 1982–Summer 1983 Boycott Stabb

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * Mitch Parker – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

SUMMER–FALL 1983

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * Rob Moss – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

Fall 1983–Spring 1984 Joyride

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * Mike Fellows – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

Spring 1984–Jan 1986 The Fun Just Never Ends Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death Live on Mystic Government Issue
Government Issue

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * John Leonard – bass * Marc Alberstadt – drums

JAN–SUMMER 1986

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * Steve Hansgen – bass * Sean Saley – drums

Summer 1986–1989 You Strange Wine E.P. Crash

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * J. Robbins – bass * Peter Moffett – drums

2007 reunion show (as Government Re-Issue)

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * Brian Baker – bass * William Knapp – drums

2010 REUNION SHOW

* John Stabb – vocals * Tom Lyle – guitar * J. Robbins – bass * Pete Moffett – drums

2014 REUNION SHOW

* John Stabb – vocals * John Barry – guitar * Brian Gay – bass * Karl Hill– drums

EARLY 2015 SHOWS

* John Stabb – vocals * John Barry – guitar * S. Dwayne Bruner – bass * Karl Hill – drums

LATE 2015 SHOWS

* John Stabb – vocals * John Barry – guitar * S. Dwayne Bruner – bass * Evan Tanner – drums

* John Stabb – lead vocals (1980–1989, 2007 and 2010 reunion shows) * Marc Alberstadt – drums (1980–January 1986) * John Barry – guitar (1980–November 1981) * Brian Gay – bass guitar (1980–September 1981) * Brian Baker – bass guitar (September–November 1981, 2007 reunion show), guitar (November 1981–April 1982) * Tom Lyle – bass guitar (October 1981–April 1982), guitar (April 1982 – 1989, 2007 and 2010 reunion shows) * Mitch Parker – bass guitar (Summer 1982–Summer 1983) * Rob Moss – bass guitar (Summer–Fall 1983) * Mike Fellows – bass guitar (Fall 1983–Spring 1984) * John Leonard – bass guitar (Spring 1984–Winter 1985) * Steve Hansgen – bass guitar (Summer 1986) * Sean Saley – drums (Winter–Summer 1986) * J. Robbins – bass guitar (Summer 1986–1989, 2010 reunion show) * Peter Moffett – drums (Summer 1986–1989, 2010 reunion show) * William Knapp – drums (2007 reunion show) * Karl Hill – drums (2014-Spring 2015) * S. Dwayne Bruner - Bass 2014-2015 * Evan Tanner - Drums 2015

DISCOGRAPHY

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Boycott Stabb (1983) * Joyride (1984) * Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death (1985) * The Fun Just Never Ends (1985) * Government Issue
Government Issue
(1986) * You (1987) * Crash (1988)

LIVE ALBUMS

* Live! (1985) * Finale (1989) * No Way Out 82 (1990) * Strange Wine: Live at CBGB August 30th, 1987 (2003)

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* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U Huey, Steve. " Government Issue
Government Issue
Biography". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-02-26. * ^ A B C D E F G Burgess, Aaron (2005-10). "I Don\'t Know, Ask That Guy: Please Understand: Government Issue
Government Issue
Is the Only DC Hardcore Band You Still Need to Hear". Alternative Press . Cleveland: Alternative Press Magazines Inc. (207). ISSN 1065-1667 . Check date values in: date= (help ) * ^ A B "Government Issue". Dischord Records
Dischord Records
. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ A B C D E F Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History . New York: Feral House. pp. 313–314. ISBN 0-922915-71-7 . * ^ A B Blush, p. 143 * ^ A B C D E F G H Blush, p. 147. * ^ A B C Rabid, Jack. "Review: Complete History Volume Two". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-03-03. * ^ "Complete History Volume One". Allmusic . Retrieved 2010-03-03.

* ^ " Government Issue
Government Issue
re-release on Dr. Strange". Punknews.org . 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ " Government Issue
Government Issue
Live 1985 DVD
DVD
set for release". Punknews.org . 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ "John Stabb of Government Issue
Government Issue
assaulted, undergoing surgery". Punknews.org . 2007-07-22. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ "Most of Government Issue
Government Issue
to reunite for upcoming John Stabb benefit". Punknews.org . 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ Paul, Aubin (2007-09-12). "Naked Raygun, D4, Stiff Little Fingers, Bad Brains, Copyrights, Casualties at Riot Fest
Riot Fest
2007". Punknews.org . Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ Scales, Mike (2007-09-12). "Naked Raygun, Bad Brains to headline Riot Fest
Riot Fest
2007". Alternative Press . Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ "New Government Issue
Government Issue
EP now available". Punknews.org . 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2010-03-02. * ^ A B "9 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of April 11–13". The Washington Post
The Washington Post
. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2016-05-13. * ^ A B " Government Issue
Government Issue
reuniting this Saturday in D.C". Punknews.org . 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-09. * ^ Rettman, Tony (2015-07-17). "Tube Tops and Sky Saxon: A Conversation with Government Issue\'s John Stabb". Vice . Retrieved 2016-05-13. * ^ Sackllah, David (2015-03-02). "Bad Ass Weekend 1: Third Installment Lives Up to Name". houstonpress.com. Houston
Houston
Press . Retrieved 2016-05-09. * ^ Barrett, Samantha (2015-08-18). "Tours: Government Issue
Government Issue
/ War on Women (Southeast)". Punknews.org . Retrieved 2016-05-08. * ^ Paul, Aubin (2015-09-02). "Editor\'s Picks: 14 Under the Radar Bands Playing Fest 14". Punknews.org . Retrieved 2016-05-08. * ^ Frankel, Ricky (2016-05-08). "John Stabb of Government Issue Has Passed Away". Punknews.org -. Retrieved 2016-05-08. * ^ "Stabb" Schroeder, John (2000). Complete History Volume One (CD booklet). Government Issue.