On November 8th, 1987, Government Issue played at CBGB’s! Forming in Washington D.C. in 1980, Government Issue was a part of the first wave of hardcore bands to emerge from our nation’s capital, alongside legendary acts such as Minor Threat. Over the course of the 1980s, the band shuffled through several different lineups, with John Stabb and Tom Lyle remaining constant on lead vocals and guitars, respectively. Around the time of this gig, J. Robbins joined on bass and Peter Moffett assumed drumming duties from Sean Saley. A few months prior, the band released their sixth LP on Giant Records, You. The lineup at this gig would remain in place until the band broke up in 1989. Subsequently, J. Robbins formed the beloved Jawbox and Burning Airlines, while Moffett joined Wool.
Government Issue has reunited sporadically over the last decade. They performed reunion shows in 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2015.