Manual Scan

Manual Scan
Manual Scan
Genres Mod
Years active 1981–1991
Labels various
Associated acts The Shambles
Kenny Howes
Wendy Bailey & True Stories
Bart Mendoza (vocals, guitar)
Kevin Donaker-Ring (guitar)
Morgan Young (drums)
Tim Blankenship (bass)
David Fleminger (keyboards)
Past members
Bobby Allend
David Anderson
Ron Friedman
Yvonne Simon
Anthony Suarez
Thomas Ward
Brad Wilkins
Ritchie "Rooster" Brubaker

Manual Scan was an American mod and power pop group from San Diego, active between 1981–1991.[1][2]

Manual Scan released numerous CDs, LPs and 7-inch singles, in England, Spain and the U.S. .[3] They toured in the USA, England (including a 1986 appearance at the 100 Club in London), and Mexico. The group’s song, “Nothing Can Be Everything” was included in the 1990 Columbia Pictures release, A Girl To Kill For.[4]



The founding members of Manual Scan were guitarist / singer Bart Mendoza, guitarist Kevin Donaker-Ring , bassist David Fleminger and drummer Paul Kaufman, though within a few months of the bands formation Kaufman was replaced by Paul Brewin and singer Yvonne Simon was added on backing vocals and guitar. All except for Fleminger were former students of La Jolla High School .[5] The bands line up changed frequently during it’s existence, with Mendoza and Donaker-Ring as the core members. Other notable players included drummer David Anderson and Tom Ward, both formerly of Voxx Records group Gravedigger Five.[6]

Guests of note include Anthony Meynell, frontman for British mod revival trio Squire, who the band backed in 1985 and Jeff Conolly of garage rockers Lyres who sat in with Manual Scan for six shows in 1989.

Post-split activities and reunions

Following the demise of the band Donaker-Ring co-founded power pop group, The Shambles in 1992, with Mendoza joining shortly after. Manual Scan has reunited several times since 2005, recording a live session on 28 January 2010 with producer Alan Sanderson for San Diego based radio station, KBZT (FM94/9)[7]

Plan of Action

The art work for the band’s 1982 E.P., “Plan of Action” was included in the book, The Album Cover Art of Punk Rock, from Gingko Press. The E.P. itself was re-released by Spanish label Munster Records in 2006. In 2000, the song “Plan of Action” was covered by Canadian ska band The Kingpins on their album of the same name.[8]

Partial discography


  • One (England / Hi-Lo, 1986)
  • Down Lights (U.S. / Susstones, 1988)
  • Plan of Action (Spain / Snap, 1997)
  • All Night Stand (U.S. / Get Hip Records 1043, 1997)[9]

7-Inch E.P.’s

  • Plan of Action (U.S./ Dance & Stance – PS, 1982)
  • The Lost Sessions (U, S. / Get Hip 116 – Blue or Black Vinyl, 1989)
  • Days & Maybes (U.S. / Susstones IMS 548 -PS second print with over sleeve, 1991)[10]

Flexi Discs

  • "And We Still Feel The Same” and “Plan of Action” were included on a cover mounted flexi disc with British modzine, In The Crowd #18, 1986, alongside a track by the Risk.

Compilation appearances

  • The Cutting Edge (England / Razor S16, LP 1985) – Jungle Beat (remix)
  • American Heart & Soul (England / Hi Lo Records LO-6, LP 1986) – New Song
  • The Phase III Mod Bands (England / Unicorn, 7" EP 1987)[11] 31968
  • It’s A Mod, Mod World (England / Antenna Records, CD 1997) – New Song, Confidence and Love
  • This Is Mod Volume 6 (England / Cherry Red , CD 1999) – American Way, Nothing You Can Do, Jungle Beat, Anymore, New Difference


  1. ^ "Manual Scan info page from". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Manual Scan All Music Guide listing
  3. ^ "Manual Scan Detailed Release Info". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Manual Scan Soundtrack at IMDB
  5. ^ Manual Scan and The Shambles Early Days Interview at The San Diego Troubadour[dead link]
  6. ^ "Manual Scan Gravedigger Five San Diego Reader Article". 15 March 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Manual Scan Index of Live FM94/9 Recordings". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  8. ^ The Kingpins. "Kingpins Plan of Action Album Info". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Manual Scan’s All Night Stand CMJ Review. Google Books. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Manual Scan on Susstones Discography". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Manual Scan in Complete Unicorn Discography". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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