Government Issue, or G.I., was a founding band of Washington, DC’s hardcore punk scene. Singer John Stabb was the sole constant member through all of the group’s permutations, though bassist/guitarist Tom Lyle was with him for most of G.I.’s career. When Government Issue broke up in 1989, the band’s music more closely resembled the commercially successful punk of the 1990s than the hardcore thrash of G.I.’s teenage origins.
John Stabb formed Government Issue with guitarist John Barry, bassist Brian Gay, and drummer Mark Alberstadt in 1980. G.I. played its first shows that year at DC’s Unheard Music Festival. Alberstadt was sick during the festival, so the band was billed as The Substitutes and played with various... Read More