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Mods Reunited: Manual Scan Records 1st New Music in Years

Manual Scan is writing songs with former child actor Robbie Rist, best known as little Oliver the Jinx in the final season of the Brady Bunch TV show, and are recording their first new music since the late 1980s.

They also just recorded a 20/20 cover, slated for an upcoming tribute album. “First Manual Scan recording session in decades worked out better than expected,” says co-founder Bart Mendoza. “We went in to record a compilation track and ended up with extra time left, so proceeded to record an additional EP! David Fleminger, Tim Blankenship, Kevin Donaker-Ring and Jarrod Lucas, what a team!”

Remember The Lightning: A Tribute to 20/20 will be out late summer in England. “We perform the title track,” says Mendoza, adding that “the EP [of new originals] will be out towards the end of the year.”

Manual Scan was formed in the early 1980s. The first lineup consisted of Bart Mendoza on vocals and guitar, Kevin Ring (later Kevin Donaker-Ring) on guitar and vocals, David Fleminger on bass, and Paul Kaufman on drums. Througout several lineups, the core of Mendoza and Ring remained, and Manual Scan was one of the premiere mod bands of the U.S. in the 1980s.

Releasing a string of singles beginning in 1981 and an album issued in both the U.S. and England in 1986, the band toured extensively throughout Califormia and Arizona as well as England (the 100 Club and the Marquee, among other venues) and Mexico.

Other members have included Paul Brewin (later in Drip tank, Uncle Joe's Big Ole driver); David Anderson (Trebels, Gravedigger V); Joel Kmak (Hitmakers, the Farmers, the Penetrators); Brad Wilkins; Rob Wilson; Bobby Allend; and Morgan Young; as well as guitarist Ritchie Rooster and saxophone player Joe Asaro.

A number of Manual Scan's recordings are available today: Manual Scan's U.S. Best Of compilation, All Night Stand, is available from Get Hip Records (www.gethip.com), as is the Lost Sessions vinyl EP. (FYI: The band also has a "Best of" issued in Spain by Snap Records, Plan of Action, with different songs and a different cover.)

Numerous performers from around the world have covered Manual Scan songs, including the Eddies ("Jungle Beat"), Afterglow ("Of Heart & Soul"), Mod Fun ("Nothing Can Be Everything"), Anna Troy ("31968"), the Kingpins ("Plan of Action"), Anthony Meynell & Sugarplum ("Confidence & Love") and Static Halo ("American Way").

In November 2006, Spain's Munster Records re-issued Manual Scan's ultrarare Plan of Action 7" vinyl EP as part of their Collector's Club series. After evolving into the Shambles, an early 2006 Manual Scan reunion concert and a few subsequent shows indicated the band may re-form.

Manual Scan played another reunion show at the Casbah on January 30, 2010. Around the same time, they performed on CW-6 TV’s San Diego Living program, as well as convening at Signature Sound Studios with producer Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Weezer) to record a special edition of the Pyles Sessions, to be broadcast on host Tim Pyles FM94.9 show.

In late 2010, drummer Morgan Young relocated to L.A., to play with Into the Presence.

The February 2011 issue of UK mag Heavy Soul (#5) included a twelve track CD, featuring Manual Scan’s otherwise unavailable cover of “She’s So Fine” by the Easybeats. In addition, Spanish band Paff Boom has recorded a version of Manual Scan’s instrumental “The Bird” for inclusion on an upcoming EP.

In May 2011, the band appeared on the cover of Heavy Soul #6, a fanzine from England, which included a CD featuring the track “Plan of Action” recorded for The Pyles Sessions by Alan Sanderson and Tim Pyles. Around the same time, former Manual Scan roadie (and occasional backup singer) Steve Griggs passed away. He was the former president of Secret Society S.C., as well as MCing several local New Sounds Festivals.

When they opened for the Penetrators at the Casbah on August 13, 2011 (video footage below), drummer Morgan Young was replaced by former Dragons drummer Jarrod Lucas, alongside bassist Tim Blankenship (ex-Creedle), keyboardist Dave Fleminger (the Answers, Cardiac Kidz), and MS mainmen Bart Mendoza and Kevin Donaker-Ring.

The band reconvened in the studio this past week to record new songs for the first time since the late 1980s, with a lineup featuring Bart Mendoza, Kevin Donaker-Ring, Dave Fleminger, Tim Blankenship, and Jarrod Lucas.

Mendoza and Ring are still members of the Shambles, along with Mark Z, formerly of the Crawdaddys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gZIOoXNqn0

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Manual Scan is writing songs with former child actor Robbie Rist, best known as little Oliver the Jinx in the final season of the Brady Bunch TV show, and are recording their first new music since the late 1980s.

They also just recorded a 20/20 cover, slated for an upcoming tribute album. “First Manual Scan recording session in decades worked out better than expected,” says co-founder Bart Mendoza. “We went in to record a compilation track and ended up with extra time left, so proceeded to record an additional EP! David Fleminger, Tim Blankenship, Kevin Donaker-Ring and Jarrod Lucas, what a team!”

Remember The Lightning: A Tribute to 20/20 will be out late summer in England. “We perform the title track,” says Mendoza, adding that “the EP [of new originals] will be out towards the end of the year.”

Manual Scan was formed in the early 1980s. The first lineup consisted of Bart Mendoza on vocals and guitar, Kevin Ring (later Kevin Donaker-Ring) on guitar and vocals, David Fleminger on bass, and Paul Kaufman on drums. Througout several lineups, the core of Mendoza and Ring remained, and Manual Scan was one of the premiere mod bands of the U.S. in the 1980s.

Releasing a string of singles beginning in 1981 and an album issued in both the U.S. and England in 1986, the band toured extensively throughout Califormia and Arizona as well as England (the 100 Club and the Marquee, among other venues) and Mexico.

Other members have included Paul Brewin (later in Drip tank, Uncle Joe's Big Ole driver); David Anderson (Trebels, Gravedigger V); Joel Kmak (Hitmakers, the Farmers, the Penetrators); Brad Wilkins; Rob Wilson; Bobby Allend; and Morgan Young; as well as guitarist Ritchie Rooster and saxophone player Joe Asaro.

A number of Manual Scan's recordings are available today: Manual Scan's U.S. Best Of compilation, All Night Stand, is available from Get Hip Records (www.gethip.com), as is the Lost Sessions vinyl EP. (FYI: The band also has a "Best of" issued in Spain by Snap Records, Plan of Action, with different songs and a different cover.)

Numerous performers from around the world have covered Manual Scan songs, including the Eddies ("Jungle Beat"), Afterglow ("Of Heart & Soul"), Mod Fun ("Nothing Can Be Everything"), Anna Troy ("31968"), the Kingpins ("Plan of Action"), Anthony Meynell & Sugarplum ("Confidence & Love") and Static Halo ("American Way").

In November 2006, Spain's Munster Records re-issued Manual Scan's ultrarare Plan of Action 7" vinyl EP as part of their Collector's Club series. After evolving into the Shambles, an early 2006 Manual Scan reunion concert and a few subsequent shows indicated the band may re-form.

Manual Scan played another reunion show at the Casbah on January 30, 2010. Around the same time, they performed on CW-6 TV’s San Diego Living program, as well as convening at Signature Sound Studios with producer Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Weezer) to record a special edition of the Pyles Sessions, to be broadcast on host Tim Pyles FM94.9 show.

In late 2010, drummer Morgan Young relocated to L.A., to play with Into the Presence.

The February 2011 issue of UK mag Heavy Soul (#5) included a twelve track CD, featuring Manual Scan’s otherwise unavailable cover of “She’s So Fine” by the Easybeats. In addition, Spanish band Paff Boom has recorded a version of Manual Scan’s instrumental “The Bird” for inclusion on an upcoming EP.

In May 2011, the band appeared on the cover of Heavy Soul #6, a fanzine from England, which included a CD featuring the track “Plan of Action” recorded for The Pyles Sessions by Alan Sanderson and Tim Pyles. Around the same time, former Manual Scan roadie (and occasional backup singer) Steve Griggs passed away. He was the former president of Secret Society S.C., as well as MCing several local New Sounds Festivals.

When they opened for the Penetrators at the Casbah on August 13, 2011 (video footage below), drummer Morgan Young was replaced by former Dragons drummer Jarrod Lucas, alongside bassist Tim Blankenship (ex-Creedle), keyboardist Dave Fleminger (the Answers, Cardiac Kidz), and MS mainmen Bart Mendoza and Kevin Donaker-Ring.

The band reconvened in the studio this past week to record new songs for the first time since the late 1980s, with a lineup featuring Bart Mendoza, Kevin Donaker-Ring, Dave Fleminger, Tim Blankenship, and Jarrod Lucas.

Mendoza and Ring are still members of the Shambles, along with Mark Z, formerly of the Crawdaddys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gZIOoXNqn0

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