Band: Government Issue
Album: Joy Ride
Release Date: January 1984
Music Genre: Punk Rock Hardcore
Label: Fountain Of Youth Records
Release Country: United States
Record Type: 11 Tracks Vinyl Album LP
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.
|A5||Time To Escape||1:46|
|B2||Hall Of Fame||1:26|
|B3||Notch To My Crotch||1:10|
|B5||These Boots Are Made For Walkin||2:20|
Recorded at Black Pond, January and March 84
All songs by the G.I.'s (except B5 by Lee Hazelwood, Criterion Music Corp. ASCAP)
Track B6 is uncredited
Comes with Lyrics sheet
Track times are not listed on this release
Some copies pressed on blue vinyl