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

October 20th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of QUESTION THE MARK
October 17th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of HAKAN
October 15th - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews of SPOILERS
October 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of MEAN CAESAR
October 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of LITTERBUG
September 30th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE CHATHAM SINGERS
September 29th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE PARTISANS
September 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE SCANERS
September 27th - BLOG - Obituary for Walter Lure
September 24th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TOKYO LUNGS
September 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of EPIC PROBLEM
September 21st - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SUICIDE MACHINES
September 20th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SINGING LUNGS
September 19th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of PSYCHIC PIMPS
September 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CROCODILE GOD
September 13th - PODCAST - Hey Suburbia #60
September 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of HAWKWIND
August 30th - ZINES - Reviews of Artcore and Gadgie
August 30th - BLOG - Obituary for Tim Smith
August 29th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DEE DEE RAMONE
August 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of KILLER HEARTS
August 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of D.O.A.
August 12th - BLOG = Obituary for Ken 'Mr Chi Pig' Chinn

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
COCKTAILS - Catastrophic Entertainment {Alien Snatch}; SPECTRES - Nostalgia {Artoffact}; HEAVENLY - A Bout De Heavenly, LURKERS - Sex Crazy, TALULAH GOSH - Was It Just A Dream, WILLIAM LOVEDAY INTENT - Hung Like A Thief, They Don't Know Me {Damaged Goods}PERSONALITY CULT - New Arrows {Dirtnap}; THE REPLY - The Complete Collection {Dischord}; ESCARE - Infinity Crime {Drunk Dial}; BAD COP BAD COP - The Ride, BOMBPOPS - Death In Venice Beach, FACE TO FACE - Live In A Dive, WESTERN ADDICTION - Frail Bray {Fat Wreck}; PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS - Beast {Hound Gawd}; PUNCH DRUNK - Sassy {JSNTGM}; DANGER MOUTH - Turf Wars, DAVE SMALLEY AND THE BANDOLEROS - Join The Outsiders, DEALING WITH DAMAGE - Ask The Questions, ELDER ABUSE - Burnt, MEDICTATION - Warm Places, SCREAMING AT TRAFFIC - I Don't Like Sports {Little Rocket}; MUCH THE SAME - Quitters Never Win {Lockjaw}; CRO-MAGS - In The Beginning, DON'T SLEEP - Turn The Tide {Mission Two}; LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE - Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One Live, LION'S LAW - The Pain, The Blood And The Sword, SEIZED UP - Brace Yourself, TERRITORIES - When The Day Is Done {Pirates Press}; SCHIZOS - s/t {Sweet Time}; AFFLICT - I Want It, I Need It.. Gotta Have It, UNION MORBIDE - Freely Chosen {TCBYML}; WYLDLIFE - Year Of The Snake {Wicked Cool}; ANSWERING MACHINE - Bad Luck {Wiretap}; DZTN 1980 - Ode To A Dead Earth, JOLLY FUCKERS - At Home With..., SEWER BUDDIES - Butt Brains, SUNSHINE STATE - The Mess, TRANSISTORS - Shortwave {DIY};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
DOWN AND OUTS - Keep Walking {Brassneck}; LURKERS - Fits You Like A Glove, RABIES BABIES - EP, THE RELLIES - Isabella Is Annoying, WILLIAM LOVEDAY INTENTION - My Love For You {Damaged Goods}; SUSPECT PARTS - You Know I Can't Say No {Dirt Cult}: FANG/ NO IDEA - Split {Just4Fun}; DOMESTICS/ PIZZATRAMP - Split {Kibou}; FRANKIE STUBBS - Blood Orange Moon {Little Rocket}; BURNT TAPES - Grower, SUNLINER - Structure {Lockjaw}; BAR STOOL PREACHERS - Soundtrack To Your Apocalypse, NOI!SE - Welcome To Tacoma, SLACKERS, THE - Blue, Nobodys Listening {Pirates Press}; FAST EDDY - Game Of Love {Spaghetty Town}; SOMETHING HAPPENING - Q {TCBYML}; DZTN 1980 - Don't Give Up {DIY};

DVD REVIEWS
DUST - Full Circle, PUSSY RIOT: Act And Punishment, The Color Of Noise, Its Gonna Blow, Records Collecting Dust II, Room 37: The Mysterious Death Of Johnny Thunders {MVD};

BOOK REVIEWS
Face It: Debbie Harry {Harper Collins}; Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story {Omnibus};

ZINES

HEY SUBURBIA PODCAST

The Scanner Hey Suburbia Podcast now has a new home!!  It's now hosted by Podbean - still downloadable, still an on-screen player - but a way more stable app.  Hit HERE to access recent broadcasts.

The history of the Podcast and what bands have been played, can be access 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, PETE SHELLEY, DARBY CRASH, BOB STINSON, RANDY 'BISCUIT' TURNER, PIG CHAMPION, LOU REED, RON ASHETON, SCOTT ASHETON, DAVE ALEXANDER, MALCOLM OWEN, PAUL FOX, POLY STYRENE, MIKE HUDSON, KIM SHATTUCK, DICKIE HAMMOND, JOHN 'STABB' SCHROEDER, STEVE SOTO, VI SUBVERSA, IAN 'LEMMY' KILMINSTER, LANCE HAHN, DENNIS DANELL, JIM CARROLL, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE, LUX INTERIOR, NICK KNOX, JERRY NOLAN, ARTHUR KANE, WALTER LURE, BILLY RATH, BILLY MURCIA, TIM SMITH, NICHOLAS 'RAZZLE' DINGLEY, STIG, PHIL VANE, DAVE GREGG, DIMWIT, RANDY RAMPAGE, WILL SHATTER, RAYBEEZ, DAMIEN LOVELOCK, KURT COBAIN, WIZ, STEVO, MIA ZAPATA, MATTY BLAGG, KID KRUPA, DAVE GREENFIELD, TOMATA DU PLENTY, MIKEY 'OFFENDER' DONALDSON, ANDY GILL, ARIANNA 'ARI UP' FORSTER, PAUL RAVEN, PHILIP CHEVRON, NIDGE BLITZ MILLER, D. BOON, TONY KINMAN, STEVE HANFORD, DAVE INSURGENT, FRED 'SONIC' SMITH, ROB TYNER, DAVID BOWIE, NIKKI SUDDEN, PETER LAUGHNER, IAN CURTIS, ROBERT QUINE, PHIL 'PHILTHY ANIMAL' TAYLOR, PHIL LYNOTT, BARRIE MASTERS, SID VICIOUS, TIM YOHANNON, GREG SHAW, JOHN PEEL

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