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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.

Now I wanna sniff some glue. Then cut ‘n’ paste.

Half of September 1978 at The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern.

One of the things we wanna do with The Last Pogo Jumps Again is point out the lasting and huge influence the original punk scene has had on everything from music to fashion to art to restaurants … to type fonts.  Check out the lettering on The Dead Boys above;  I’m sure you’ve got a similar font somewhere in the depths of your computer.  The one above was made by attacking some stick-on vinyl letters with an Exacto knife.

These days, of course, creating handbills involves not much more than a few hours at the computer keyboard.  Back in 1976 though, it took a little bit of work and a little bit of skill.   Here’s how Last Pogo director Brunton would’ve made the above handbill.   First, get a blank Horseshoe handbill, and alter “the guy” so he looks dead (as a nod to The Dead Boys) by putting “exes” across his eyes.  (On every Horseshoe handbill, “the guy” was changed a little to reflect one of the bands on the bill, and contrary to rumour, “the guy” is not promoter Gary Topp.)  Cut little strips of paper, get your Sharpie and write in some of the dates and bands.  Then get on your bicycle, and take your strips of paper to Midtown Reproductions in Yorkville, and have them reverse the colour from black on white to white on black.  Ride your bike home, wait a few hours, then go pick them up, pay the $15.00 or so, and get back home.  Paste the strips on.  Take some stick-on letters bought at Canadian Tire, grab your Exacto knife, and cut them up.  Check everything twice, and make sure you haven’t made a spelling error (it is such a sinking feeling when you go through all that and then realize you’ve created The Dad Boys instead of The Dead Boys;  hey, we smoked pot back then, what can we say?).  Then take the “master” and find a printing house that will print deep blacks;  this was never easy;  they’d always get annoyed.  Come back in a couple of hours, pick up the handbills, and then hop on the bike again, and ride around downtown stapling the handbills up on construction sites and telephone poles, careful not violate the unwritten urban rule of never covering up someone else’s handbill.

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