Since I am doing some of out of town bands again, I thought I'd do my second alltime fave of Washington DC. Government Issue funny how bands me huh? Legless Bull comes out and I have to admit that it was such run of the mill hardcore that I pretty much dismissed it. Now I own it but listen only so often. The albums by Government Issue that really did it for me was the albums Crash and You. Those two albums mixed psychedelia and punk in a way that The Damned could do sans the organ in the background. These two albums came out in the late '80's and was a huge shift for the GI guys. I loved it, MRR hated it. F-them. If you love good rockin punk with thick guitars than this is for you. Side notes here. When I was a wee Kennyboy, John Stabb was a penpal of mine. I never really knew what band he was in at the time, and I cannot for the life of me can remember how we ended up writing each other for a few years. He was very cool. Sent me tapes, zines, etc. A good guy! I heard a few years ago, he was brutally attacked in DC and almost died. He has since recovered and is doing well. Second note. I met Tom Lyle when I was on tour and playing in DC. Tom Lyle was there hanging out and someone mentioned that he was there, so I thought well I want to meet a guy that has the coolest guitar sound next to Bob Mould. I sauntered over and said hi, and explained how much I was a fan. He just stared at me and said thanks and walked off. Oh well. Maybe a bad night or something? Since I am on a guitar player kick tonight, I have to shout out to Punkfriction for posting The Skids "Working For The Yankee Dollar" single. I did not have those songs, so I was well chuffed to hear them. Thanks Longy! And talking about guitar players, wasn't Stuart Adamson one of hell of a guitar player???????!!!!!!!!!!
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