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

November 21st - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE DOMESTICS
November 20th - READING MATTER - Review of HENRY AND GLENN: Forever And Ever book
November 19th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of L.I.
November 16th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of PARANOID VISIONS
November 13th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TOY GUITAR
November 12th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SWHAT
November 11th - READING MATTER - Review of Complicated Fun: The Birth Of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock 1974-84
November 9th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CAREER SUICIDE
November 7th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of WESTERN ADDICTION
November 5th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET
November 4th - READING MATTER - Book review of SAFETY IN NUMBERS: MY JOURNEY WITH LA PUNK ROCK GANGS 1982 - 1992
October 17th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of STUNGRENADES
October 15th - BLOG - Review of ADAM ANT live in Auckland, New Zealand
October 13th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BAD DRESS SENSE
October 6th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of GET DEAD
October 3rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of STEVE DREWETT AND THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT
September 29th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of NIGHT BIRDS
September 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DAYLIGHT ROBBERY
September 25th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of NOFX
September 24th - READING MATTER - Review of Walls Come Tumbling Down book
September 23rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of COLOR TV
September 18th - INTERVIEWS - With PANDEMIX

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
PACHINKO - State Your Grievances {Alternative Tentacles}; SLED - A Better You {Bird Attack}; CHRIS SPEDDING - The RAK Years {Cherry Red}; LOST BALLOONS - Hey Summer {Dirtnap}; NO USE FOR A NAME - Rarities Vol.1 The Covers {Fat Wreck}; DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS - Bombs Away {LBH}; THE CRAVATS - Dustbin Of Sound {Overground}; PALE ANGELS - Daydreaming Blues, VACATION - Southern Grass {Recess}; KOMPLIKATIONS - Humans, LOST TAPES - s/t, MEXICAN WOLFBOYS - Skatization Of The Christian West, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S - Doomtown Shakes {Rockstar}; NEW ROCKET UNION - s/t {Ruzicka Records}; THE LINECUTTERS - Anthill {Slope}; DEBT COLLECTOR - Atomicland {Smart Punk}; CHANNEL THREE - Put 'Em Up {TKO}; AWAKEN I AM - Blind Love, FEED HER TO THE SNAKES - Fortitude, WE RIDE - Empowering Life {Victory}; DELINQUENTS - About Last Night, EXTERNAL MENACE - The Process Of Elimination {Violated}; PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT - Closer Live, Movement Live, Power Corruption And Lies Live, Unknown Pleasures Live, DEPARTMENT S - 45 Revolutions: Singles 1980-2017 {Westworld}; STARVING MILLIONS - V {DIY};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
WRATHS - My Home {Bird Attack}; DEAD TO ME - I Wanna Die In Los Angeles, FACE TO FACE - Say What You Want, {Fat Wreck}; PAGANS/ HIP PRIESTS - Split, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S/ ENEMY/SPY - Split {Just4Fun}; NIGHTMEN - C'est La Vie {Rockstar};

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
America 51, Hit So Hard {Da Capo}; Make A Zine {Microcosm}; Smashing It Up: A Decade Of Chaos With The Damned, Thurston Moore: We Sing A New Language {Omnibus}; Post-Punk: Then And Now {Repeater}; When Punk Rocked {Wymer};

ZINES
Our Future #2, Gadgie #34

 

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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