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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.

A shot in the dark and a kick in the head

Zero of ZRO4; photo Nathan Robinson

A blast from the past last Friday at the grungy old-skool watering hole The Silver Dollar in Toronto as first-wave punkers ZR04 and Tyranna hit the stage and played the hits. Camera operator/solar panel dude Dave Watts earned a camera operator credit for The Last Pogo Jumps Again by simultaneously shooting footage and consuming large amounts of suspect beer in “very low-light” (or was that you on the verge of passing out, Dave?); LPJA director and DIY Punk Videographer Aldo Erdic of 2BScene did duty with three-camera HD coverage, as well as help wrangle Zero for an interview by Dave and Zero’s pal Tracy Idon’tknowherlastname.

By all accounts, Zero was in fine form, aided by the constantly gigging Cleave Anderson on drums and old pal Dave Joudrey on guitar. With only a couple of rehearsals and playing for the first time in 20 years, the 20 minute set managed to include her groping someone in the audience, and kicking someone in the front row during “Attitude”;   we’re assuming not the same lucky audience member. Hair dude/radio interviewer/30th Anniversary of The Last Pogo organizer/new lead singer of The Ugly — whew! — Greg Dick was there, as well as scribe Liz Worth (getting set to release her book on all things punk, or at least, all things punk in Toronto, Hamilton and London, Treat Me Like Dirt) and Paul Ecknes and Margaret Catto and Giambi Bowker…and lots of other people, but this is all second hand ’cause we’re out here in Indian Head, Saskatchewan tracking emails and shooting bits of Little Mosque on the Prairie and we’re not quite sure what really went down, but we’ll take your word for it. And thanks to Nathan Robinson for the shot of Zero.

And tonight, live from a hotel room in Saskatchewan, the soundtrack of The Last Pogo shall be stripped out, boxed up, then signed sealed and delivered to Allowed Sound Studios in Salt Spring Island where producer Andy Meyers will fire up the bunsen burners, balance beakers, twiddle dials and do a smart “Duophonic” re-mix of the score, all in time for the general release on October 14th.   So far the response to the DVD from the few critics we’ve sent it to has been positive, and Little Mosque Sask crew member Donavon Fraser told us how impressed citizens of Regina (rhymes with China and angina!) have been with his Last Pogo t-shirt.

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