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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.

Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover says…

While we toil away at Pogo Post Production, assembling our footage, scanning documents and buttons, securing rights and correcting wrongs, puzzling through the piles of video tape and film — we continue to get press for the first movie we did, THE LAST POGO, out on DVD around the world.

The latest kudos come from Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover magazine, the densely packed twice-yearly publication out of NYC.   We managed to make Jack’s Top Forty (alas, we were number 39, but still…)  Here’s the entire review:

“Wow!  I’ve been hearing about this 25-minute movie for 29 years, and it’s amazing to view it now!  What a window to a time that was rarely documented:  the pre-hardcore, original punk era when it was astonishingly fresh, creative, rule-busting, and shot full of newborn energy/excitement.  It’s Toronto, December 1, 1978, a three-camera, good sounding film (not video) of seven bands (one song each) playing at a farewell concert of premier punk club The Horseshoe Tavern.  The stars are Teenage Head and The Viletones, known from collectible singles — but not footage.  Lesser know openers prove equally supercharged, fascinating, and varied.  The Scenics open like a Canadian Velvet Underground;  Cardboard Brains are more The Weirdos vein;  The Secrets add a taste of R&B/Skulls/Vibrators/U.K. Subs groove;  The Ugly ripsnort through a Dead Boys/Ramones dirty shockwave; and The Mods are Jam clones to a t (or a suit and skinny tie!), but they’re excellent, fierce, and tight;  Nazi Dog‘s Viletones make magically menacing three-chord rock, and, in the one song they were allowed before the cops stopped the show and punters rioted, Teenage Head cooks a classic rock ‘n’ roll infested chaos.   Beyond that, is how vivid this film is, of a scene and underground moment it captures.  It’s not just the dancing and pogoing creatively dressed, jazzed, skinny people — no idiot slam-dancing and sneers — or the notorious sweaty buzz the crowd gets from seven wired, wiry bands, or the pleasant sight of punk’s front row ringed with women — led by impossibly cute punkette co-host Margarita Passion.   It’s that this was an art-meets-music lightning flash the likes of which has never been replicated.  Short but absolutely essential history comes alive!

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