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 26th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SONGS FOR SNAKES
May 22nd
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of JADED EYES
May 19th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of VACATION
May 18th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of AMERICAN SPACE MONKEY
May 17th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of WE RIDE
May 15th
- READING MATTER - Review of ACCESS ALL AREAS
May 13th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of USELESS
May 7th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of PAGANS - HIP PRIESTS split 7"
May 3rd
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of BEDFORD FALLS
April 30th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of DEALING WITH DAMAGE
April 29th
- BLOG - Obituary for MIKE HUDSON
April 27th
- PODCAST - Hey Suburbia #54
April 26th
- READING MATTER - Review of Make A Zine book
April 21st
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE NUMBER ONES
April 18th
- INTERVIEWS - With DUNCAN REID AND THE BIGHEADS
April 15th
- READING MATTER - Review of Hit So Hard book
April 10th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of CASTRO
March 28th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of LOUDMOUTH
March 27th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of PALE ANGELS
March 26th
- READING MATTER - Review of TEENAGE KICKS: MY LIFE AS AN UNDERTONE
March 24th
- TOP SOUNDS - Review of ROUND EYE
March 15th
- TV PARTY - Review of Salad Days DVD

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
RUNA - Rito Estacional {B-Core}; HEAVY HEART - Distance, HOLIDAY - California Steamin' {Brassneck}; CASTRO - Infidelity, ELECTRO HIPPIES - Collected Works 1985-87 {Boss Tuneage}; HAWKWIND - At The Roundhouse, VARIOUS - Burning Britain {Cherry Red}; FOX FACE - Spoil And Destroy, MIND SPIDERS - Furies {Dirtnap}; THE INFESTED - Raw Ensemble {EHC}; DIRECT HIT/ PEARS - Human Movement, LAWRENCE ARMS - We Are The Champions Of The World, MEAN JEANS - Jingles Collection, SWINGIN' UTTERS - Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun {Fat Wreck}; THE COUNTRY DARK - Cookie Trail {Humu}; MIXTAPE SAINTS - Everything We Used To Be, RUN UPS - s/t {Real Ghost}; FUTURE VIRGINS - Doomsday Raga, VACATION - Southern Grass {Recess}; REPLACEMENTS - For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986 {Rhino/ Sire}; CLEVELAND STEAMERS - Best Record Ever {Smog Veil}; REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN - That Was Just A Noise {TNS}; DOWN AND OUTS - Double Negative, SKEPTIC? - Hornet's Nest {DIY};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
NATTERERS - Toxic Care {Boss Tuneage}; DUSK - The Pain Of Loneliness {Dirtnap}; BOMBPOPS - Dear Beer, LAST GANG - Sing For Your Supper {Fat Wreck}; THE BLANKZ - White Baby {Slope}; FAZ WALTZ - Julie {Spaghetty Town}; BAZOOKA FIST - Get Up Now! {DIY};

DVD REVIEWS
NOFX - Backstage Passport II {Fat Wreck}; CIRCLE JERKS - My Life As A Jerk, DEVO - The Men Who Make The Music, PUSSY RIOT: Act And Punishment, The Color Of Noise, Its Gonna Blow {MVD}; The Angry Brigade {PM Press};

BOOK REVIEWS
Thurston Moore: We Sing A New Language {Omnibus};

ZINES
Our Future #3, Gadgie #34, Taking The Lane: Bikequity #14, No Exposure #4

 

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, MIKE HUDSON, 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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