Government Issue performed occasional reunion shows in the 2000s and 2010s with various lineups, until Stabb's death from stomach cancer in 2016. 1980–1981: Formation and debut. 1981–1985: Lineup and label changes. 1986–1989: Final lineup and breakup. Post-breakup activity and Stabb's death. Spring 1984–Jan 1986 The Fun Just Never Ends Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death Live on Mystic Government Issue. Marc Alberstadt – drums.
Other Versions (3 of 3) View All.
Black magic marker used to hand number each copy using "xxx/500" format. Comes with small square double-sided lyric sheet including lyrics on one side, Mystic information on other.
Government Issue by Government Issue. The Fun Just Never Ends by Government Issue. Give Us Stabb Or Give Us Death by Government Issue. Finale by Government Issue. No Way Out ’82 by Government Issue.
Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death.
Government Issue was born in 1981 out of the ashes of a group called the Stab, from which lead vocalist John Schroeder took what eventually became his stage name (he also went by John Stabb Schroeder on occasion). As the members of the Stab drifted apart, Stabb and drummer Marc Alberstadt hooked up with new guitarist John Barry and bassist Brian Gay, and changed the name of the band to Government Issue. Hoping for better marketing, the band switched over to Mystic and issued two more records that year, the EP Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death and the concert album Live on Mystic. However, they returned to Fountain of Youth for 1986's Government Issue, which featured ex-Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen and found Stabb moving in a more melodic, less traditional hardcore direction that drew from the goth-punk phase of the Damned.
SoundHound on Twitter.
We wanted to poke fun at the whole album length double fold out Hipgnosis (Hipgnosis are best known as the designers of Pink Floyd and assorted prog rock album covers) cover art silliness of it all. But when we told some people we were planning that they didn't think it was as funny as we did, so we dropped the idea. But some of the songs beginnings and ends were written as segues to the other tracks, and at least I can still hear that on the tracks from that album. But I would probably have to point out what to listen for. I wrote the music to "Time to Escape. Government Issue on the day the Give Us Stabb or Give Us Death EP photo was taken, 1984.