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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.

I Like Living in Scarborough (or why I don’t live there)

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It’s awesome that we get stuff like this sent to us;  courtesy Rusty Longtrucks a.k.a. Rusty Chambers a.k.a. Mel Torment a.k.a. Evan Siegel

Yea, well maybe a hacker got to us, maybe they didn’t:  The Pogo I.T. department have their hammers and blowtorches out and are in fix-it mode;  Pogo Cyber  Detectives are tracking down the IP address of the hacker; the authorities have been notified.   And The Last Pogo Jumps Again pushes on:   After interviewing Ken Badger of The Scenics in his lair in Owen Sound yesterday, we despatched transport out to Scarborough to pick up a ratty old cassette of recordings by The Swollen Members (no, not the hip-hop band;  the new-wavey punk band prone to wearing matching salmon-pink leisure suits circa 1977 – 1980ish.)   Evan “Rusty Longtrucks” Siegel had scoured his basement, dug up this little gem, and continues to search for more evidence, including but not limited to handbills, set lists, photos, and the straight-jacket he’d sometimes sport when fronting the band, when he wasn’t singing with his back to the audience or just staring at his shoes.  For a whole set.  The note is vintage Mel Torment:  “…cuts one two and three are the best…”;  alas, that’s all the tracks so far.    Today we drop it off to sound designer Daniel Pellerin for a touch-up, and then we’re off to interview Cleave Anderson.

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