Scanner Web Zine - The place for Punk Rock, Hardcore, Anarcho and scuzzy Garage Rock 'n' Roll

Another State Of Zine...

Scanner was born in a hail of phlegm, defiance and attitude as an A5 print zine back in the Summer of 1998, in the English hamlet of Ipswich, Suffolk. It ran for near-on five years, culminating with a 92-page whopper in January 2003, which featured the likes of AVAIL, Exene Cervenka and Winston Smith.
From small beginnings - the first issue was a comparatively small 40-page minnow - the zine grew steadily in stature with a final print run of over 1,000 and distribution throughout the UK and in various parts of Europe and America plus Australia and New Zealand with further readers in Japan and South Africa.
The zine stopped not due to my personal lack of interest in the world of Punk Rock, or any kinda burgeoning disillusionment in an overtly commercialised and tame Punk Rock scene. Admittedly, I was getting tired of generic releases from say-nothing bands and ‘Punx’ who cared more for the shade of their hair dye and brand of sneaker than they did for the ideals behind MDC or SUBHUMANS. Thankfully, this was constantly countered by bands like FOUR LETTER WORD, DILLINGER FOUR and many bands like them that released vital, energetic, intelligent and out-spoken releases. Of course, the old faithfuls - surely I don’t need to name names - always revitalised the soul and scorched the ears.
Nope, Scanner in print form stopped due to a life-changing move. In March 2004, I packed my bags and headed to New Zealand. At the time I had no idea whether it would be a long-term move. I sure wanted it to be, but due to seemingly limitless bureaucratic red tape bullshit from the Immigration Services, I had to wait a year to see if my future here in NZ could be even semi-permanent. During that year I set up this website in an attempt to continue where the zine left off.
Move forward to August 2005... My application for Residency in NZ was approved and here I remain with no plans of leaving. From here, Scanner on-line continues and will continue until I either go back to a print form zine or get so disillusioned by the whole bloody world of Punk Rock and its seemingly increasing links to the safe, corporate and sponsored world of mainstream society that I would rather vomit all over my crotch than face another tiresome safe, major label band desperately wanting to be ‘dangerous’ and/ or ‘cool’. Fuck ‘em!
Where is this website gonna go from here? Well, I hope it’s just gonna get bigger and better, just as the print version did. I did have a ‘News’ section, but due to lack of release news etc being forwarded, I ditched it. Except for a few notable labels - Fat Wreck, Revelation, Household Name, Recess and Alternative Tentacles in particular - I had no release news sent despite requests and adding myself to mailing lists.
You can forward all review material to the address above that’s shadowed by The Replacements. For electronic contact, hit this LINK and send me an email. My review policy remains the same - all releases sent WILL be reviewed, but anything on a major label does not run parallel to my ideals of Punk Rock. Period. Get over it and concentrate on your lucre-lusting contracts.
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Latest Updates

May 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of FIVE THOUSAND
May 21st - TV PARTY - Review of SAD VACATION: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy
May 20th - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews of GIRLSCHOOL
May 19th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DEAD ENDING
May 16th - READING MATTER - Review of The Prodigal Rogerson
May 14th - PODCAST - Latest Hey Suburbia Podcast
May 12th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of EXTERMINATORS
May 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BAZOOKA FIST
May 6th - READING MATTER - Review of Gainesville Punk book
May 5th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of Action Time Vision: A Story Of Independent UK Punk
April 30th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of DRAKULAS
April 29th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of LUCKY MALICE/ DANGER!MAN split
April 28th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of MARTHA
April 24th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of DOWN LOVE
April 23rd -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE BRIEFS
April 22nd -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of D.O.A.
April 21st -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of ACTION PACT
April 19th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of DISASTER STRIKES
April 18th -
READING MATTER - Review of PUNK LONDON 1977
April 17th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of MOVING TARGETS
April 16th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of VARUKERS
April 15th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of THEATRE OF HATE
April 14th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of PANSY DIVISION
April 7th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of CYANIDE PILLS
April 6th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of RIPCORD
April 6th -
BLOG - Review of THE DAMNED live in Auckland, New Zealand
February 17th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of D L BURDON
February 14th -
TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE CRAVATS

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
PANSY DIVISION - Quite Contrary {Alternative Tentacles}; CRIM - Blau Sang, Vermell Cel, HOOVER - Hoover, PENNY COCKS - Fake Gold And Broken Teeth, REGULATOR WATTS - The Mercury, THE SORTS - Six Plus {B-Core}; THE DIRTY PRIESTS - s/t {B.D.I}; OLDER THAN DIRT - Discography Part 01 {Boss Tuneage}; CULT VALUES - s/t, DAYLIGHT ROBBERY - Accumulated Error, L.I - On The Corner, TENEMENT - S/t, TOTAL ABUSE - Excluded, WORSE - Rubber Burner  {Deranged}; BAD SPORTS - Living With Secrets, LOW CULTURE - Place To Hide, SONIC AVENUES - Disconnector {Dirtnap}; HANOI ROCKS - Bangkok Shocks Saigon Shakes, Oriental Beat, All Those Wasted Years, MINISTRY - Animositisomnia, Sphinctour, Houses Of The Mole {Dissonance}; BOMBPOPS - Fear Of Missing Out, GET DEAD - Honesty Lives Elsewhere {Fat Wreck}; THE BLACK PITTS - B Movie Extra {FOAD}; RIKK AGNEW BAND - Learn {Frontier}; WILD MOTH - Inhibitor {Iron Pier}; KINDLING - Everywhere Else  {No Idea}; VARIOUS - The New Wave Of The Grave New Beat {Our Future}; PARASITES - Pair Of Sides {Violated}; 1919 - Bloodline, EXTERNAL MENACE - The Process Of Elimination, GBH - Punk Singles 1981-84, MAJOR ACCIDENT - Pneumatic Pneurosis, PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT - Closer Live, Movement Live, Power Corruption And Lies Live, Unknown Pleasures Live, TOY DOLLS - Absurd Ditties, Fat Bobs Feet, Wakey Wakey {Westworld};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
UPRIGHT CITIZENS - Faces And Views {Artcore}; ANTI-SYSTEM - At What Price Is Freedom?, KRIMEWATCH - Machismo, NATTERERS - s/t, OBSTRUCTION - s/t, PANDEMIX - Pathological Culture,  STATE FUNERAL - Tory Party Prison, TOTAL LOVE - Lo Qve Toco Lo Destrvyo, WHIPPING POST - Taste The Whip {Boss Tuneage/ Flexipunk}; DESGRACIADOS - Humanidad En La Obscuridad, OAF - EP {Deranged}; FEEDERZ - What Would Hitler Do {Slope}; VIOLENT SOCIETY/ EXTERNAL MENACE - Spilt {Violated};

DVD REVIEWS
NOFX - Backstage Passport II {Fat Wreck}; CIRCLE JERKS - My Life As A Jerk, DEVO - The Men Who Make The Music, The Color Of Noise, Dragon City, Its Gonna Blow, Salad Days {MVD}; The Angry Brigade {PM Press};

BOOK REVIEWS
Spoke: Images And Stories From The 1980s Washington DC Punk Scene (Akashic); Punks On Scooters {Bristol Archive Records}; Lobotomy: Surviving The Ramones, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol {Da Capo}; Sounds Of Glory: Punk And Ska Years {Newhaven}; The Politics Of Punk (Rowman And Littlefield);

ZINES
Gadgie #33, Blackpool Rox 2 #11, Artcore #36, Our Future #1

HEY SUBURBIA POCAST

The Scanner zine Hey Surbubia Podcast now has a new home!!  You can still stream it direct from this site (now via a natty player) and you can still download it. Additionally, there is now room to leave comments on each broadcast, administer an 'I Like' Facebook hit and subscribe via I-Tunes or RSS. Hit HERE to access recent broadcasts. So common - leave some comments, requests or general abuse because, as Ben Weasel said, "We don't give a shit about tomorrow." Previous Podcasts can be found by clicking this link here

Gone but not forgotten...

This website will forever remember those who provided inspiration and continue to inspire.  Let us never forget those that paved the way for where Punk Rock is today and made some of the most refreshing, rebellious and raucous music ever.  R.I.P. guys...

STIV BATORS, JOHNNY THUNDERS, JOEY RAMONE, DEE DEE RAMONE, JOHNNY RAMONE, TOMMY RAMONE, JOE STRUMMER, DARBY CRASH, BOB STINSON, RANDY 'BISCUIT' TURNER, PIG CHAMPION, LOU REED, RON ASHETON, SCOTT ASHETON, DAVE ALEXANDER, MALCOLM OWEN, PAUL FOX, POLY STYRENE, DICKIE HAMMOND, JOHN 'STABB' SCHROEDER, VI SUBVERSA, IAN 'LEMMY' KILMINSTER, LANCE HAHN, DENNIS DANELL, JIM CARROLL, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE, LUX INTERIOR, JERRY NOLAN, ARTHUR KANE, BILLY RATH, BILLY MURCIA, NICHOLAS 'RAZZLE' DINGLEY, STIG, PHIL VANE, DAVE GREGG, DIMWIT, WILL SHATTER, RAYBEEZ, KURT COBAIN, WIZ, STEVO, MIA ZAPATA, MATTY BLAGG, TOMATA DU PLENTY, MIKEY 'OFFENDER' DONALDSON, ARIANNA 'ARI UP' FORSTER, PAUL RAVEN, PHILIP CHEVRON, NIDGE BLITZ MILLER, D. BOON, DAVE INSURGENT, FRED 'SONIC' SMITH, ROB TYNER, DAVID BOWIE, NIKKI SUDDEN, PETER LAUGHNER, IAN CURTIS, ROBERT QUINE, PHIL 'PHILTHY ANIMAL' TAYLOR, PHIL LYNOTT, SID VICIOUS, TIM YOHANNON, GREG SHAW, JOHN PEEL

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