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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and it’s pop/counter-culture lifestyle during the early and mid-70s.  It centers around the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new-wave music, from the Ramones playing the New Yorker Theatre in ’76 through the police shutting down Teenage Head and causing a riot at the Horseshoe Tavern’s infamous “The Last Pogo” concert in December 1978.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, but Toronto had a punk movement all it’s own.  The Toronto landscape by the late ’70s was forever changed with the infusion of the DIY/Punk/Alternative Culture(s) movement.  Six years in the making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again successfully explores the whys and wherefores of what was arguably one of the most exciting but misunderstood movements in Toronto’s history.

The DVD contains the 204 minute documentary, plus over a 100 minutes of added material, and a snazzy 24-page booklet.  Check the Shop for details on where you can purchase it.

The Last Pogo (1978) is the documentary that chronicled the last punk rock show at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was run by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys (Topp and Cormier) featuring The Scenics, Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. The Last Pogo was released on DVD in 2008 to great reviews.  Available at the Shop.

On with the show, this is it.

Okay, we’ve got the final line-up, so here ya go.   A couple of last minute fiddlings, and we’re now set.  We couldn’t get everyone out to the party (The Second Last Pogo?), but we’ve got a jam-packed evening lined up.  And who knows who else might drop in at the last minute.  Speaking of the last minute, as of Sunday, November 9 the show is either half sold out (if you’re an optimist) or half unsold (if you’re a pessimist).   If you do manage to snare a ticket, make yourself all perty ‘n’ everything, ’cause cameras will be watching and recording your every move.

The evening provides a neat book-end to the feature film The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and we’re hoping that all those elusive old punkers we’ve not found yet are there that night, ready for their close-up, and to tell us what they’ve been doing for the past thirty years.  Hear that, Mr. Shit?  Gonna be there, Blake Street Boys?

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, or live and in person at the Horseshoe Tavern, Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Hit’s ‘n’ Misses.

Meanwhile, we continue to work the room peddling our dvds of The Last Pogo.  Our latest cool review comes courtesy of artist/musician Rick Trembles.  In his gig with the Montreal Mirror, Rick has created this little gem:

Okay, back to the anniversary show.  We’re still fiddling with the exact order, so we suppose the next suggestion is to get there on time, ’cause we’re not positive who’s going on first, second, etc.  As together as we’d like to be, there may very well be a good dose of anarchy that evening.   The show starts at 9:00 sharp, and we’ve enlisted the talents of martial arts expert Nip Kicks to help keep order.

A Brief History Lesson on the musicians playing that night:  Tony Torture and Sam Ferrara played with Steve Leckie and The Viletones at the original show, and both Tony and Sam were original Toronto punkers from Day One;  they’ve joined forces with Steve Koch and Greg Dick for this latest version of The Ugly.  During the original Last Pogo, Greg, the singer with Hamilton band The Dream Dates, was in the audience, as might have been Steve Koch.  Steve wasn’t playing with any of the bands that night, but joined The Viletones shortly after, and is seen in the Viletones interview in the film.  Steven Leckie is keeping the members of Steven Leckie and The Solutions! under wraps, unveiling a new band with new tunes the night of the party.  Steven of course was arguably Toronto’s first punk, and premiered the original band at the Colonial Underground in 1976.   The Mods come to the party with all of the original members.  In the past year they’ve re-recorded some of their old tunes, have done a number of gigs, and drummer David Quinton is involved with many international old-skool punkers in his position as one of Canada’s top entertainment lawyers.  Mickey DeSadist is playing at the show, but during the original Last Pogo, Mickey and his band of Forgotten Rebels were audience members, and bitching about the line-up in an interview in the film, it seemed like maybe Mickey should make an appearance this time and play some tunes.  Mickey has been playing shows and making albums since the original Last Pogo in 1978, with either The Forgotten Rebels or The Mickey Show.   The Scenics boast the two original members and song-writers Andy Meyers and Ken Badger, and are joined by Mike Young on bass, and Mark Perkell on drums.  Mike and Mark were members of the Scenics in the early eighties.  In the week preceeding the show at the Horseshoe, The Scenics will be cosied up in a swank recording studio in Toronto laying down new music for an album to be released in 2009.   They released How Does It Feel To Be Loved, their album of live Velvet Underground songs to critical acclaim earlier this year.   The Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci and Patrick Gregory were in the band when they played the first Last Pogo, and this time ’round they’ll be joined by a new drummer and vocalist.  Original lead singer/song-writer John Paul Young is more or less missing in action.

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