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.
Also Known As
Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, Jawbox, Burning Airlines, The Factory Incident, Office of Future Plans
Dischord, Fountain of Youth, Mystic, Giant, DC-Jam Records
1980 (1980) 1989 (1989), 2007, 2010, 2012 (reunion shows)2014 (2014)-2015 (2015)