Die for the Government

Die for the Government

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by Anti-Flag
     
 

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Admittedly, it's strange that an old school-sounding punk trio would criticize punk scene denizens thusly: "Covered in leather, or plaid patches, or metal studs/Your hair is dyed or spiked with glue/You only talk to those who look and act the way you do/You scoff at how the cops treat you/But they're no worse than dicks like you!" ("Punk by the Book"). It's even more…  See more details below

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Admittedly, it's strange that an old school-sounding punk trio would criticize punk scene denizens thusly: "Covered in leather, or plaid patches, or metal studs/Your hair is dyed or spiked with glue/You only talk to those who look and act the way you do/You scoff at how the cops treat you/But they're no worse than dicks like you!" ("Punk by the Book"). It's even more strange in light of Anti-Flag's Discharge/Rancid haircuts, a dog collar, and even a shirt that says "destroy." But since they point out that what you think is more important than how you dress, fair enough, because they carry on a more crucial custom: warning MTV-polluted, 85-TV-channel youth that punk means doing something productive instead of being passive or getting drunk and into fights, and becoming aware of politics and history is a prerequisite before bitching about the government (such as the Pentagon's attempts to pretend there is no Gulf War syndrome, as Anti-Flag points out). Criticism from within is the only kind that's listened to. As well, on songs such as "Safe Tonight" and "Police State in the U.S.A.," Anti-Flag tosses up the kind of vintage, early-'80s, So-Cal, melodic punk that B.Y.O., Frontier, Posh Boy, and other labels specialized in, and a ska song is welcome.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1997
Label:
New Red Archives
UPC:
0720308007029
catalogNumber:
70

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anti-Flag   Primary Artist
Andy Wheeler   Background Vocals
Jason DeCosta   Background Vocals
Andy Flag   Bass,Vocals
Ricky "Reagan" Wright   Background Vocals
Anne Flag   Background Vocals
Pat Thetic   Drums
Justin Sane   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Armstrong   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chick   Artwork
Joe West   Producer,Engineer
Anti-Flag   Producer,Engineer
Andy Flag   Contributor
Keriann "The Sneetch" Martin   Artwork
Alex Submachine   Artwork
Pat Thetic   Contributor
Justin Sane   Contributor
John Joh   Artwork

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Die for the Government 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album doesn't have the power and complex lyrics that A New Kind Of Army did. Their sound has changed. They are still good, but if you want to hear the best of this great band buy A New Kind Of Army.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since this is one of their earilier albums, it is asfe to say that Anti-flag was not as skilled and mature as they are now. This album does have it strong points, but also lacks the luster that would make it one of their great albums. But it still worth picking up, just to see what they were like when they were a trio.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago