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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.

It’s a Slash Booze & Marsbar Weekend

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Brian Baird (a.k.a. Slash Booze) was a high-school pal of Teenage Head, and is credited with shaping their sound by turning them on to Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochrane, and shaping their attitude by suggesting song titles like Disgusteen and Teenage Beer Drinking Party.  Today the Pogomobile ventures down to St. Catherine’s to visit Brian and find out his take on The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.  Us here at Pogo H.Q. remember watching a slightly nervous Brian grab a harmonica and get up on stage with Teenage Head at the Crash  ‘n’ Burn in 1977, followed by Frankie Venom telling the audience “You have no fucking idea how much nerve that just took.”

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David Marsden in his first year at CFNY-FM, 1978;  courtesy Marsden Global.

On Sunday co-director Kire Papputs and sound guy Trevor Calhoun leave the east end and head out to Oshawa to sit and watch legendary D.J. David “Marsbar” Marsden perform The Marsden Theatre for 94.9 The Rock where on Saturday and Sunday evenings (7 – 12) the inimitable voice can be heard introducing an eclectic playlist of tunes.   Without any use of computers.  And twenty-minute stretches of punk, pop, garage-band, rock, and roll.  The Spirit of Radio indeed.

Co-director Colin Brunton remembers watching Marsden in the late sixties at a mobile truck at the CNE when he was known as Dave Mickie“the fastest mouth in North America” — and later when he started working at CHUM-FM, and easily becoming “the slowest mouth in North America.”  Back then, FM was still interesting, and Marsden’s mellifluous monologues helped many of us in Teenage Wasteland survive shitty shifts at crappy jobs.  As an usher at Gary Topp’s infamous Original 99 Cent Roxy, Brunton recalls many a night when a film would be delayed because Marsden was going to be late;  he had reserved seats, an aisle near the back that had a missing few seats in front, and thus lots of legroom.  And then when Marsden took over as program director at a little radio station in a yellow house in Brampton, it was a game-changer, and CFNY-FM became known as — and totally embodied — The Spirit of Radio.  Marsden has never stopped working, and he might even be more interesting to listen to these days because shows like his are too few and far between.

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