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

June 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BORTS
June 15th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of JIFFY MARX
June 14th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SENSIBLE GRAY CELLS
June 12th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE REPLY
June 9th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of GHETTO BLASTER
May 30th - READING MATTER - Review of Great Gig Memories: From Punks And Friends book
May 25th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DON'T SLEEP
May 23rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE
May 22nd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BURNT TAPES
May 20th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BOBBY FUNK
May 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of WATERWEED
May 13th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of HEAVENLY
May 10th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of BAD COP/BAD COP
May 7th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DZTN 1980
May 5th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of SCREECHING WEASEL
May 3rd - TOP SOUNDS - Review of 1978 boxset
April 28th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS
April 26th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of THE GALILEO 7
April 24th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of OFF WITH THEIR HEADS
April 18th - TOP SOUNDS - Review of MUD CITY MANGLERS
April 11th - INTERVIEWS - with LITTERBUG
April 9th - PODCAST - Latest Hey Suburbia Podcast

LP/ ALBUM/ CD REVIEWS
JADED EYES - Call Of The Void {Boss Tuneage}; KIMBERLEY STEAKS - Confessions Of A Justified Cynic, RAGING NATHANS - Oppositional Defiance, VICIOUS DREAMS - s/t {Brassneck}; VARIOUS - Shellshock Rock {Cherry Red}; SHIP THIEVES - Irruptuin {Chunksaah}; DALEKS - 40 Years Too Late {Damaged Goods}; NEEDLES//PINS - s.t, NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS - Confines Of Life {Dirt Cult}; FOX FACE - End Of Man {Dirtnap}; VARIOUS - Fakes {Drunk Dial}; NOFX - Single Album, NO USE FOR A NAME - Rarities Vol.2: The Originals {Fat Wreck}; THE RUMJACKS - Hestia {Four Four Music}; AUTOGRAMM - No Rules {Nevado}; STEADFAST - Transmitters {Pine Box Derby}; ANTAGONIZERS ATL - Kings, COME CLOSER - Pretty Garbage, DEECRACKS - Serious Issues, SEIZED UP - Brace Yourself  {Pirates Press}; BOATSMEN - Versus The Boatsmen, VARIOUS - No Heroes No Leaders No Artists No Gods New Bomb Turks Tribure {Spaghetty Town}; CHASER - Dreamers, DRONES - Our Hell Is Right Here {Thousand Islands}; BRASSICK - 2.0, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS - The Half Life Of Teaspoons, HAEST ANOMIE - s/t, HARIJAN - s/t {TNS}; HARKER - Axiom, SPACE CADET - Lion On A Leash {Wiretap}; CRAZY ARM - Dark Hands, Thunderbolts {Xtra Mile}; BLOCK PARENT - Sick Year, Bro, CRISPUS ATTUCKS AND THE LOVE MUSKETS - Attucks For America, FATHERFIGURES - Any Time Now And High Time Too, SONGS FOR SNAKES - Forced Pleasantries, SWEEPING PROMISES - Hunger For A Way Out {DIY};

7"/ EP/ CASSETTE REVIEWS
 
THE GARY - Fallow {Act Your Age}; TSUNAMI BOMB - Still Standing {Alternative Tentacles}; SPILLAGE - Spillage, VARIOUS - Nice One {Brassneck}; LURKERS - The Boys In The Corner, MANGES feat. GIUDA - Tootsie Rolls {Damaged Goods}; HOT LAUNDRY - Shake, Slide, Twist {Die Laughing/ Golden Robot}; CAREFUL - Drunk Dial #7, THE DUMPIES - Drunk Dial #8 {Drunk Dial}; BITTER DEFEAT - Minor Victory {Gravel Streak}; 45 ADAPTERS - Now Or Never, NOI!SE - Base Rage On The Front Page, SUZI MOON - Call The Shots {Pirates Press}; DECENT CRIMINAL - DCEP {Sell The Heart}; AMERICAN TELEVISION - Adolescence {Wiretap}; ATAQUE ZERO - s/t, MAX MOTHERFUCKER - s/t, STOLEN MOANS - Trees, VENOMOUS PINKS - Based On A True Story {DIY};

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

BOOK REVIEWS

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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, SYLVAIN 'SYLVAIN' MIZRAHI, 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, MARK KEDS, 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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