The Scanner Story
Scanner is an American rock and roll band formed by Joe Brady (lead vocals and bass) and Junnie Fortney (guitars) in 1979, and later joined by Ray Hawkins (drums) and Troy Alwine (drums). Scanner’s influences encompass a wide range of styles, including the pioneers of 50s rock and roll, 60s hard rock and surf, and 70s glam and punk.
The band name "Scanner" came into being when Joe read an article in a monster magazine in 1980 about about a new movie coming out called "Scanners" and liked the imagery of heads exploding, and imagined it being the effect of hearing Scanner music!
To date, Scanner has released "Exploding Heads in Harrisburg - Live Recordings From 1982", "One foot in the grave, and more pissed than ever", "Splat", "Under the Devil's Tail", and "In Your Head".
Our main music influences cover a wide and eclectic range of styles: Dead Boys, Ramones, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Flamin' Groovies, Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer, Nazareth, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Misfits, Devo, Link Wray, Stray Cats, Deep Purple, Motörhead, and on and on...