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

August 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of RIKK AGNEW BAND
August 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CULT VALUES
August 17th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE SORTS
August 15th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BAD COP BAD COP
August 12th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CHIXDIGGIT
August 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CRIM
August 4th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BOMBPOPS
August 3rd - READING MATTER - Review of I SWEAR I WAS THERE: SEX PISTOLS, MANCHESTER AND THE GIG THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
August 2nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of GRAND COLLAPSE
July 31st - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews of MINISTRY
July 30th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of OAF
July 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of REGULATOR WATTS
July 24th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of WORSE
July 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of 1919
July 21st - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SONIC AVENUES
July 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of VIOLENT SOCIETY/ EXTERNAL MENACE split
July 17th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BLACK PITTS
July 16th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS
July 12th - READING MATTER - Review of LOBOTOMY: SURVIVING THE RAMONES book
July 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of NATTERERS
July 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of WHIPPING POST
July 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TOTALOVE
July 3rd - READING MATTER - Reviews of NO EXPOSURE, OUR FUTURE, BLACKPOOL ROX 2, GADGIE and ARTCORE zines
June 30th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of PANDEMIX
June 30th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of STATE FUNERAL
June 27th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BAD SPORTS
June 26th - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews of HANOI ROCKS
June 24th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of UPRIGHT CITIZENS
June 23rd - READING MATTER - Review of PUNKS ON SCOOTERS book
June 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of KRIMEWATCH
June 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of OBSTRUCTION
June 16th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of The New Wave Of The Grave New Beat comp

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
STUNGRENADES - Class War: Fight Back {Bastard Son}; 88 FINGERS LOUIE - Thank You For Being A Friend {Bird Attack}; BAD DRESS SENSE - We Rule!, PANDEMIX - Scale Models OF Atrocities {Boss Tuneage}; STEVE DREWETT AND THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT - Disgraceland {Cruel Binary}; CAREER SUICIDE - Machine Response, DAYLIGHT ROBBERY - Accumulated Error, L.I - On The Corner  {Deranged}; LOST BALLOONS - Hey Summer, LOW CULTURE - Place To Hide {Dirtnap}; AMEBIX - Monolith {Dissonance}; GET DEAD - Honesty Lives Elsewhere, NOFX - First Ditch Effort, CJ RAMONE - American Beauty, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET - Stealing The Covers, TOYGUITAR - Move Like A Ghost, WESTERN ADDICTION - Tremuluos {Fat Wreck}; JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MINDS - Super Natural {Hound Gawd}; DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS - Bombs Away {LBH}; PALE ANGELS - Daydreaming Blues, SEX OFFENDERS - Sex Offenders, VACATION - Southern Grass {Recess}; THE LINECUTTERS - Anthill {Slope}; EXTERNAL MENACE - The Process Of Elimination {Violated}; PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT - Closer Live, Movement Live, Power Corruption And Lies Live, Unknown Pleasures Live {Westworld};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
ANTI-SYSTEM - At What Price Is Freedom? {Boss Tuneage}; COLOR TV - s/t, DESGRACIADOS - Humanidad En La Obscuridad {Deranged}; DEAD TO ME - I Wanna Die In Los Angeles, FACE TO FACE - Say What You Want, NIGHT BIRDS - Who Killed Mike Hunchback {Fat Wreck}; FEEDERZ - What Would Hitler Do {Slope};

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
Safety In Numbers {Createspace}; Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever, Make A Zine {Microcosm}; Complicated Fun {Minnesota Historical Society Press}; Walls Come Tumbling Down {Picador}; When Punk Rocked {Wymer};

ZINES

 

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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