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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.

George D. Morse 1887 R.I.P.

No, this is not a still by Mark Hogancamp from Marwencol.

Pogo filmmakers Paputts and Brunton were tweaking the rough cut, turning it into a fine-cut, and thought it’d be good to get some “B” roll for an interview with Bill Cork.

We used our cellular phone to call Bill, and two hours later were in the Pogomobile on our way to a cemetery to search for the crypt that Bill and Ugly lead singer Mike Nightmare lived in for a few months in the late seventies.  Let us put that into italics for you, and add the “F-word” for emphasis:  they lived in a fucking crypt for a few monthsPunk rock much?!

Bill Cork had a penchant for this sort of thing:  after running the Shock Theatre (sci-fi movies ‘n’ punk bands) in 1977, he adopted the nom de plume The Count and spent many nights sleeping in a coffin in the backyard of Viletones’ guitar-slinger Freddy Pompeii and New Rose clothing store owner Margarita Passion on Power Street at Parliament and Queen, before the neighbours complained.

Taking a short cut through the cemetery on the way to a rehearsal of The Wild Things one night (in 1979;  one year out of our time-line, but close enough for rock ‘n’ roll), Bill and Mike happened upon the crypt and noticed the padlock broken.  They made their way into the anteroom, the interior entrance to the crypt proper, and slept there for a few months, enjoying the flagstone floor, brick walls, safety and comfort.  And the ghost of George D. Morse.

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