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

July 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of FAZ WALTZ
July 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE DAMNED
July 8th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of JOHNNY MOPED
July 6th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF...
July 5th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of HAKAN
June 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TOMMY AND JUNE
June 27th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE DROWNS
June 26th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE OUTCASTS
June 25th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of TRITA
June 23rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BITCH QUEENS
June 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of MORE KICKS
June 21st - TOP SOUNDS - Review of FAST EDDY
June 20th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of JOHNNY MOPED
June 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews (2) of DZTN 1980
June 15th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of OPTIMISM/ REJECT boxset
June 14th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of UNITED X BOMBS
June 13th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DEVIL'S ELBOW
June 12th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of STATE FUNERAL
June 11th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of HAWKWIND
June 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of the JOE STRUMMER FOUNDATION fundraiser from ZIPHEADS and NOSEBLEED
June 9th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BATTALION ZOSKA
May 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Reviews (3) of THE REVILLOS
May 25th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE VERNON WALTERS
May 23rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of JORDAN JONES
May 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of MAKEWAR
May 21st - TOP SOUNDS - Review of FAZ WALTZ
May 19th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CTMF
May 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of MISS JUNE
May 17th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of WARP LINES
May 16th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of STANK VOOR DANK
May 15th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE CRAVATS
May 12th - BLOG - The JOE STRUMMER FOUNDATION
May 11th - BLOG - Obituary for DAVE GREENFIELD
May 9th - READING MATTER - Review of SAN FRANCISCO YEAR ZERO book
May 5th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of CLOWNS

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
SPECTRES - Nostalgia {Artoffact}; CROCODILE GOD - Thirteen, HAKAN - III {Brassneck}; HAWKWIND - Roadhawks, THE PARTISANS - 1981-84, THE PRIMITIVES - Bloom {Cherry Red}; CHATHAM SINGERS - Of The Medway Delta {Damaged Goods}; PERSONALITY CULT - New Arrows {Dirtnap}; THE REPLY - The Complete Collection {Dischord}; VARIOUS - Stay Home {Drunk Dial}; BOMBPOPS - Death In Venice Beach, DAYS N DAZE - Show Me The Blueprint, FACE TO FACE - Live In A Dive, SUICIDE MACHINES - Revolution Spring, WESTERN ADDICTION - Frail Bray {Fat Wreck}; LITTERBUG - Abstract Melodies Saying Terrible Things, PUNCH DRUNK - Sassy {JSNTGM}; JADE HAIRPINS - Harmony Avenue {Merge}; DEE DEE RAMONE - The Deadline Demos {Overground}; LION'S LAW - The Pain, The Blood And The Sword {Pirates Press}; MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT - Sinister Whisperz III: The Rykodisc Years {SleazeBox}; D.O.A - Treason {Sudden Death}; SCHIZOS - s/t {Sweet Time}; UNION MORBIDE - Freely Chosen {TCBYML}; KNIFE CLUB - We Are Knife Club {TNS}; WYLDLIFE - Year Of The Snake {Wicked Cool}; ANSWERING MACHINE - Bad Luck {Wiretap}; ABOLITIONIST - Live At The Black Water, SUNSHINE STATE - The Mess {DIY};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
DOWN AND OUTS - Keep Walking, EPIC PROBLEM - Grace {Brassneck}; SINGING LUNGS - Mutter {Count Your Lucky Stars}; SPIDER - Energy Gone Wrong {Cpyrt Cntrl}; COURETTES - ...Like A Cigarette, RABIES BABIES - EP, 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, TOKYO LUNGS - s/t {Kibou}; DAVE SMALLEY AND THE BANDOLEROS - Ignited {Little Rocket Records}; SUNLINER - Structure {Lockjaw}; BAR STOOL PREACHERS - Soundtrack To Your Apocalypse, TERRITORIES - Quit This City {Pirates Press}; KILLER HEARTS - EP, THE SCANERS - X-Ray Glasses: On, SICK BAGS - Only The Young Die Good {Spaghetty Town}; SOMETHING HAPPENING - Q {TCBYML}; ABRAZOS - Angry All The Time, FLOAT HERE FOREVER - Stacking Tombstones, PSYCHIC PIMPS - Agents Of Instant Karma {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
Artcore #39, Gadgie #42

HEY SUBURBIA PODCAST

The Scanner Hey Suburbia 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. 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, BILLY RATH, BILLY MURCIA, 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, 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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Geographical hits since October 2009