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. 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. 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.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Joy Ride 2
1985 The Fun Just Never Ends 1
1986 Government Issue 1
1987 You 2
1988 Crash 1
1991 Beyond 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Complete History, Volume One 1
2001 Complete History, Volume Two 3 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Legless Bull EP 1
1983 Boycott Stabb 3
1983 Make an Effort EP 4
1985 Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
Make an Effort 1

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