Mail day is always fun especially when you get something other than the usual junk. It’s even cooler when you get something sooner than expected. Yesterday I received a test pressing of Government Issue’s “Crash.” This was probably Government Issues least popular album. I mean you can’t really compare this to “Boycott Stabb” or “Joyride” (which happens to be my favorite lp from the band). I guess it was just too different from the band’s hardcore roots that swayed people away from listening to this.
I was a freshman in high school when I first heard this album and I remember hating it. I just couldn’t stand it. It was too new wavey or gothy for me when I was that age. I guess I just couldn’t appreciate it for what it was. Forward 20 plus years later and I’m still listening this album. It also helps that I live in the DC area and I’ve been able to see Government Issue reunions the past few years. So yes I grew to like this album and find myself playing it every once in a while.
There’s really not much to see because unlike test presses today those in the 80s didn’t come with fancy screened covers. I was lucky that this one at least had the Giant Records stationary with the track listing taped to the jacket. Still, I think it’s pretty cool to have and it didn’t really cost me anything to add this to the collection. Now I just need to fill out the rest of the GI collection.