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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.

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Xenia at The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash in 2008;  photo Edie Steiner

The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts interviewed ex-B-Girl Xenia last week, and discovered that besides somehow still looking nowhere near her real age, she’s a Yoga instructor, and maybe that’s a clue.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be chatting with original Diode and Johnny & The G-Rays drummer Bent Rasmussen, back in town after some time in Thailand teaching English and diving;  Bollocks co-director Elizabeth Aikenhead and The Awesome Nora Currie;  ex-Battered Wives’ John Gibbs;  and one more stab at ex-Viletone Steve Leckie.

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On Hallowe’en, Freddy Pompeii reminded us that Shock Theatre o/o Bill Cork liked to sleep in a coffin behind the New Rose Hotel

On the West Coast, co-director Tristan Orchard chats up legendary D.O.A.’s Joe “Joey Shithead” Keithley (who can confirm once again that drummer extraordinaire Chuck Bisquits is alive, frenzied Internet rumours to the contrary) and new-to-the-party, Amy Belling drops in on Tibor Takacs (to talk about managing The Viletones, semi-creating Club Davids, and making films with Cardboard Brains’ John Paul Young) and she’ll also be interviewing Rodney Bowes down in L.A., to talk about all the great photos he took in Toronto back in the day.

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Art by Suicide’s Alan Vega.  Suicide played an awesome gig at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern in 1978.  Image from mathieucopeland.net

And then we’re pretty much done with the interviews (although we said that about a year and a half ago.)  Still holding out hope for William Gibson, John Cale, Alan Vega, David Byrne and more — but we’ve definitely got the gist of it.

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Chicagoan Dan Clyne’s 1971 comic book;  check out zippythepinhead.com

The trick now is getting our hands on some filthy lucre.  With no interest at all from Telefilm Canada or CBC (gee, that sorta brings you right back to 1977, no?  I mean, it’s not even ironic;  they weren’t interested back then and they’re not interested now) we’re going to have to scheme up something a bit more clever, but we’re not quite sure what just yet.

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Best. Magazine. Cover. Ever.

We’re loath to put one of those tacky “Donate!” buttons on our site, and it’s become tired to offer up cutesy “Executive Producer” credits for folks willing to fork over a few thousand bucks (although, cough cough, if you are keen on getting a fancy title on a cool movie, and you do happen to have several grand lying around with nothin’ to do, call us. We like you!)

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Shit we need.  Even the bottom layer would go a long way.

The Pogo I.T. Department is doing a quick and subtle revamp of the site where we’ll rebrand ourselves as  The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 to December 1 1978, Parts One and Two, (not that we’re going to ignore Hamilton or London, mind you) and as we hone in on just how to complete this monster, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be around five hours long, we shit you not.

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Andy Warhol’s Empire was eight hours, five minutes.   Five hours is nothin’! Nothin’ I tells ya!

Of course there’ll be a shorter hour and a half version for the timid, and for those with an insatiable lust for two minute clips — two minute clips on our site and certain to be downloaded and pasted on YouTube, etc., of some of the babies we’ll have to kill (industry term for editing out great little bits that don’t somehow fit into the Grand Scheme of Things.)

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Yea, easy for you to say Al,  you’re a fucking genius.

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