Die for the Government [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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: 5/5/1997
  • Label: New Red Archives
  • UPC: 720308007029
  • Catalog Number: 70
  • Sales rank: 71,611

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not bad, but not great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but not great.

    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.

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    Posted March 16, 2010

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