Band: Government Issue
Album: Complete History Volume One
Release Date: March 2000
Music Genre: Punk Rock Non-Music Interview Hardcore
Label: Dr. Strange Records
Release Country: United States
Record Type: 80 Tracks CD
Government Issue (often referred to as G.I.) was a punk rock band from Washington, DC. The band formed in 1980 and split in 1989. They began as a hardcore band but overtime transitioned into more alternative rock areas. Singer John "Stabb" Schroeder was the group's only constant member, although original drummer Marc Alberstadt played with the band from 1980 until 1986 and bassist-turned-guitarist Tom Lyle joined the band in 1981 and stayed until the end. Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion) played with the band from 1981 through 1982. The group's final bassist, J. Robbins, who played with the band from 1986 until their split, went on to form Jawbox and became an in-demand engineer and producer.
The band has reunited for shows in 2007 and 2010 but has no plans for a full time reunion.
In 2014, the band played reunion show with 3/4 of the "Legless Bull" line-up playing songs off that record as well as the 1980 demo.
In May 2016, John Stabb passed away after battling stomach cancer.
|Make An Effort EP|
|1-1||Teenager In A Box||1:29|
|1-2||No Way Out||1:48|
|Boycott Stabb LP|
|1-6||Hall Of Fame||1:02|
|1-7||Hour Of 1||1:17|
|1-9||Puppet On A String||1:11|
|1-12||Lost In Limbo||0:37|
|1-13||Plain To See||1:47|
|1-15||Here's The Rope||2:11|
|1-22||Puppet On A String||1:22|
|Joy Ride LP|
|1-27||Time To Escape||1:47|
|1-30||Hall Of Fame||1:27|
|1-31||Notch To My Crotch||1:11|
|1-33||These Boots Are Made For Walkin'||2:19|
|1-34||Puppet On A String||1:17|
|The Fun Just Never Ends LP|
|1-36||Fun & Games||1:03|
|1-38||Mad At Myself||2:03|
|1-39||The Next Time||2:07|
|1-40||Bored To Death||1:29|
|1-42||World Caved In||2:49|
|Give Us Stabb Or Give Us Death EP|
|2-1||Plain To See||2:22|
|2-3||The Next Time||2:10|
|2-5||Day Of Reckoning||1:52|
|2-8||Time To Escape||1:48|
|2-9||The Next Time||2:12|
|2-10||Fun & Games||1:04|
|2-11||These Boots Are Made For Walkin'||3:00|
|2-12||Hall Of Fame||1:15|
|2-14||Notch To My Crotch||1:35|
|2-16||Hall Of Fame II||1:22|
|2-17||Teenager In A Box||1:59|
|2-20||Hour Of 1||1:26|
|2-22||Any Final Comments?||0:20|
|Government Issue (G.I. 5) LP|
|2-26||Even When You're Here||3:41|
|2-29||When I'm Alone||2:00|
|2-30||Hear The Scream||2:25|
|2-32||On The Screen||1:57|
|2-33||It Begins Now||2:39|
Tracks 1-1 to 1-5 recorded February 25, 1982 at Catch-a-Buzz. 1-5 was part of the Make An Effort session but not released on the original vinyl. It was released on a compilation called Underground Hits Volume 2 (Aggressive Rock/Modern Music AG027).
Tracks 1-6 to 1-17 recorded at Inner Ear, November 1982. Additional recording at Catch-a-Buzz, January 1983. 1-17 was not released on the original LP. It was both released on Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol. 1 and on Paranoia You Can Dance To (Weird Systems 019). 1-18 to 1-21 were CD bonus tracks, Live At University Of Maryland, October 1, 1982.
1-22 was recorded live at Space II Arcade in Washington DC, September 1983 and included in Flex Magazine, Germany.
1-23 to 1-27, 1-29 to 1-33 and 1-35 recorded at Black Pond, D.C., January and March 1984. 1-28 and 1-34 are live recordings and not included on the US original. They were part of the German pressing (Aggressive Rock/Modern Music AG0037).
1-36 to 2-5 recorded July 1984 - February 1985 at CBGB, NYC, Hit and Run, DC, and Black Pond, DC. 1-45 was part of the CD issue of the record.
2-4 was recorded live at CE Center, Phildadelphia, February 23, 1985.
2-6, 22: WCVT - Baltimore, MD 1981
2-7-8, 16: King Kong's, Adelphi, MD June 21, 1984
2-9-10, 18: CE Center, Philadelphia, PA February 23, 1985
2-11: Newton Theater, Washington, DC June 24, 1984
2-12: Upper Deck, Minneapolis, MN August 3, 1983
2-13-14: Pierce Hall, Washington, DC April 6, 1984
2-15: WMUC, University Of Maryland 1981
2-17: Glenmont Recreation Center, Wheaton, MD February 5, 1984
2-19: Wilson Center, Washington, DC February 25, 1983
2-20: Wilson Center, Washington, DC October 22, 1982
2-21: CBGB, New York City, NY July 30, 1983
2-23 to 2-35 recorded at Lion And Fox Recording, Washington, DC, July 1985, Mystic Studios, Hollywood, CA, August 1985, and Black Pond, Washington, DC, January 1986.
In the notes to this CD it is revealed that Sean Saley played drums on 2-34. He was not credited on the original record.