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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.

Its Picture Day!

Audience at the Crash ‘n’ Burn;  photo copyright Dan Huziak

Hey, while we wait for the sound design to be completed, we’re getting the fellas at Maltese Media to blur out some faces for us, make our map movement a little cooler, do the industry standard colour correct, and fiddle around with our title sequence.  The film will be all done by June — the project we started almost exactly six years ago, on June 6, 2006 (for the conspiracy-minded, that’d be 6/6/6 to you.)   So, like any kid who is about to graduate in a few weeks, it’s picture day!   Here’s a small sample of the 600+ photos we’ve used in the film.

Suzi at the Crash ‘n’ Burn; copyright Gail Bryck

These photos are also going to be part of the on-line press kit The Pogo Department of Propaganda is putting together.

Gord Lewis wails while Steve Leckie salutes; copyright Ross Taylor

One of the odder things we’ve encountered while looking at old footage and photos, is how obsessed some of the fans and bands were with all things Nazi.  Blair Richard Martin figures it was more a nod to the biker movies of the late sixties that featured tons of maltese crosses and things, but we’re not sure.  Needless to say, most if not all of the folks who’d sport swastikas feel guilty as shit and dumb as hell now.

Mickey Skin of The Curse;  copyright Gail Bryck

Steven Leckie;  copyright Ross Taylor

Diodes; copyright Dan Huziak

Freddy Pompeii;  copyright Gail Bryck

We’ll post more photos and stuff as get nearer to completion.




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