Posted in music on August 24, 2010

by BBG

Government Issue

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. -[Wiki]
Government Issue will reunite for a single show in DC at The Black Cat on December 11th with The Goons and Set To Explode, their first show in 21 years. The band, which will feature John Stabb, J. Robbins, Tom Lyle, and Pete Moffett, will play the venue as part of a benefit for DJ Stereo Faith (aka Steven McPherson of the defunct DC band Brace), a local DJ who is recovering from removal of a tumor from his auditory canal. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, you can paypal donations for Steven McPherson to keepingthestereofaith (AT) gmail DOT com.

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Comments (18)

I'm so bored I'm bored to death.

In other news,Ian MacKaye announced a Fugazi reunion show. All proceeds to benefit the band "the evens".

Posted by the masked fauxhemian | August 24, 2010 4:11 PM

Wow. Wish I could check this out as GI is one of my faves. John Stabb is the man; a super cool and down to earth guy. Going to listen to 'Joyride' now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 4:19 PM

TIME! TIME! TIME TO ESCAPE!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 4:22 PM

stay clever 4:11
Fugazi never broke up

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 4:23 PM

Material Issue > Government Issue

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 4:40 PM

did they not do this already 2-3 years ago at the rock and roll hotel in dc when stabb got beat up real bad and needed $?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 4:45 PM

In other news...Henry Rollins back to scooping ice cream in Georgetown.

Posted by BrandInDC | August 24, 2010 5:44 PM

Diet Pepsi > Material Issue

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 5:46 PM

The Wilson Center soon to switch to a Vespa dealership.
And Galaxy Hut to become a WilliamsSonoma.

Posted by GrogofMagrog | August 24, 2010 5:46 PM

Would love to see Fugazi again!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 5:48 PM

Me too 5:48,,, me too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 6:34 PM

Government Tissue!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 6:57 PM

I was at their last show at the 9:30 club. I think I'll leave the memory intact.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 7:48 PM

i was at the free the evens show earlier this summer in dc. there was seriously someone from almost every big dc/dischord band there + henry rollins. a fugazi reunion would be amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 11:42 PM

a joe lally benefit that fugazi headlines. joe has spent all his fugazi money and ian will not give him anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:00 AM

Joe should do some of those "ask me questions" for $5 that Ian does/did.

Joe, when you were on stage, did you ever wonder, "what the heck do these lyrics mean?"

Posted by the masked fauxhemian | August 25, 2010 10:46 AM

Marc Ganancias is playing this show as well i believe. his album Painted Walls is one of this years Best.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:28 PM

Anybody know if John Leonard was contacted for this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 2:39 AM

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