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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.

In the Summer

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Pogo H.Q. is abuzz with activity as the editing continues, the last interviews are lined up, and the staff and crew are scheming up what sort of April Fool’s Prank they can pull.  Will we announce that The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 will now be released in 3-D?  Will we blog that the final version will be over five hours long, complete with a fifteen minute intermission featuring dancing soda pops and suspicious looking foods?

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Partay!

After the ritual goat sacrifice we’re planning for this Friday, Kire Paputts will be steering the Pogomobile up country to the stately abode of Ken Badger to get his take on being in The Scenics, and hopefully have him explain what inspired him to write the filthily suggestive lyrics to what could arguably be The Best Summer Song Ever:  In the Summer“Just like a d-d-d-d-d-d-dirty sheet, oh my these girls, yes yes these girls.”   (Hey — wot’s wrong with being sexy?)

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Prior to our Good Friday shindiggery, we’ll be popping by to have one more chat with Cleave Anderson, ex-almost everybody, including Battered Wives, Blue Rodeo, Tyranna and a few more at that.  Inspired to drum after witnessing the first Ramones gig at the New Yorker on September 24 1976 — the start date of the history we’re exploring — Cleave continues to pound it out for retro-cover band The Screwed, The Raclones, and a few more at that.  We’ve visited Cleave twice already, but both times were foiled by feeble sound and other techy gunk, so we’re taking one more shot at it.

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In between now and then we’ll continue to work the phones (operators on call 24 hours a day!) and pounding the pavement searching out the last stragglers we need to complete our Magnum Opus.   Hello, Michaela Jordana and Doug Pringle!  See you again soon, David Marsden!  Give us a ring, Carole Pope and John Paul Young! Hello William Gibson and John Waters! Come in Murray Ball!   Where are The Demics?   And please come and talk with us, Steven Davey.

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