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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.

July 2006

July 17th, 2007

July 6, 2006. Interviewed Kire Paputts, son of ex-Viletone, ex-Secrets
Chris Hate. We met with Kire to borrow a DVD of his award-winning film
ONLY I KNOW, but thought we’d chat with him about his Dad as well. As
we wrapped up the interview, we were kicked off the property (a Go
Station train platform) by security. Next it was off to see Evan Siegel,
a.k.a. Mel Torment of the old punk band Swollen Members (yeah, we know
there’s a hip-hop band with the same name). Evan didn’t play at The Last
Pogo but was there, in character, as Dr. Strangelove. When the tables and
chairs started flying, Even stayed in character, and in the wheelchair ’til
the bitter end. When we pulled up to his house (easy to find with a
Unimog out front), Evan told us that he had to get to Hamilton
immediately because he had to work, and he was really sorry, etc., but
we’d have to do the interview at another time. Despite his protests, we
started rolling the camera. And when he got in his truck and took off —
we took off too. He lost us for a moment, then we spotted his truck up
ahead. We ambushed him and asked him why he wouldn’t talk about The
Last Pogo. Spooked by our journalistic perseverance, he begged off, said
he had to “go back to his house” to get his cell phone. We took another
route to his house, and hid around a corner, and when we spotted Evan a
few minutes later, we took chase. Pulled up beside him at a street light,
but still he refused to talk, said he “was busy”, “had to get to work” or he
was up “shit creek”, etc. Almost as though he had something to hide. And
then he pulled a sneaky right-hand turn down Clonmore Avenue, we were
stuck in a left-turn lane — and we lost him for good. We tried our best to
pick up his trail again, trying to anticipate his moves, and finally gave up
at Brown’s Line and the QEW, 40 minutes later. Evan Siegel: a keen
adversary indeed. Check out the Quicktime movie above for proof.
July 5, 2006. Today a great interview with Stewart Pollack, ex-Teenage
Head road manager and currently the owner/curator of the cutting edge
Spin Gallery. Some very funny stories, non-Last Pogo trivia, and
interesting insights. A story he told about Johnny Thunders and
Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers) was beyond Spinal Tap; we may have to
go back; he told us the story after the camera stopped rolling.
July 4, 2006. Down to Queen West to get a couple of establishing shots,
and ran into filmmaker Julian Grant, an old buddy. To our surprise, he said
he’d been at The Last Pogo, so we hauled him into a lane off of Queen,
and interviewed him for a few minutes; later added a couple of Cardboard
Brain songs, reshuffled the website a bit.
July 1, 2006. Topped up the website with lots of old Horseshoe handbills
from back in the day; an original article by Scenic Ramesh Andy Meyers
from a book Andy is writing; an old article by Donna Lypchuk from Eye
(hey, Donna, where are you? I need your permission!); added some old
Bomb Records promos for the album The Last Pogo; Cardboard Brain
Vince Carlucci sent me a pile of stuff, including a review of the album
from Trouser Press (gotta figure out how to scan it so you can read it, but
it’s nice to look at); added some “before and after ” photos in the section
“That Was Then”; added a few more people to The Honour Roll. Later today
I’ll add a Cardboard Brains song on one of the pages — and then start
planning out shooting next week.
June 30, 2006. About four hundred people descended on the Horseshoe
Tavern last night for the Radio X T-shirt launch. Ex-Curse Anna Burke
summed it up nicely: “It’s like a high-school reunion after a flash fire”.
Local band The Screwed were tight and exciting, and played host to a
variety of guests, including Mickey de Sadist, Johnny McLeod, Steve
Mahon, Screamin’ Sam, Chris Haight, and others, and were followed by an
impressive reunion of The Raving Mojos. It was fun to feel your heartbeat
and digestive system altered by a booming bass.
There’ve been a ton of people we were having a hard time tracking down,
but last night we hit pay-dirt, and ran into, amongst many many others:
filmmakers Suzanne Naughton, Bruce Pirrie, and Elizabeth Aikenhead (who
made the short film Bollocks with filmmaker Brunton, and who apparently
has been stuck in some sort of cryogenetic sealed chamber, because she
has not aged a day since ’78); Cardboard Brain Vince Carlucci; one half of
The Garys (Cormier); beloved bouncer “Tank” — and a ton of faces we
hadn’t seen for 28 years. For filmmaker Brunton, it was the first time back
at The Horseshoe since The Last Pogo. Lots of business cards, phone
numbers, and hugs exchanged.
Our business card only has the email address and website, and it was
funny to find out how many people don’t use the Internet “I don’t play
with kids’ toys”, said Forgotten Rebel Mickey de Sadist, as he alternately
puffed on a cigarette, snorted snuff and got ready to blow everybody
away.
And today, the day after, I’ve been flooded with so many new photos and
things that it’ll take most of the weekend to sort out; we’ve got to totally
revise our growing website.
We continue shooting next week.
June 29, 2006. We spent an hour or so shooting Dane “The Green Lantern”
Morrison, ex-Ugly, ex-Wads, and ex-Dick Duck & The Dorks. Besides
giving a great interview, Dane wowed us by playing the drums and
simultaneously answering calls for the film studio he runs in downtown
Toronto. Then we went back to Stacey Case’s studio, and taped a bit of
The Last Pogo t-shirts being printed up. L.A. photographer Theresa
Kereakes kindly gave us permission to publish “before” and “after” photos
of ex-Mod, ex-Dead Boy, and currently a top entertainment lawyer, David
“Quinton” Steinberg.
June 28, 2006. Geez, I thought I was “under the weather” yesterday, but in
fact, I was completely stressed out because I had to do my tortuous yearly
piano recital. Taking the stage immediately following a seven-year-old, I
only made one mistake (apart from starting piano lessons three years ago)
— and felt way better afterwards. I don’t know how performers do it.
Today we got some footage of photographer/artist Edie Steiner who took
all the great shots on the — what else — Edie Steiner page of the site.
Then we scooted over to tape a bit of the t-shirts being made at Stacey
“Merch Guy” Case’s sweat-shop. Alas, the Pogo shirts weren’t being made
when we were there, but we’ll get them tomorrow. Right after we interview
Dane “The Green Lantern” Morrision, ex-drummer for The Ugly.
June 27, 2006. Under the weather and laying low. Called about a halfdozen
record stores in Philadelphia trying to find Freddy Pompeii, and
finally, at the Philadelphia Record Exchange I spoke to “J.C.” who said
“Hey, I saw Freddy walk by here yesterday!”. So now J.C.’s going to try and
find Freddy, and let us know how to get hold of him. (And, according to
J.C., “Freddy’s doing fine, he seems really happy.”
June 26, 2006. Heard from a lot of LAST POGO people over the weekend,
up-dated The Honour Roll, and gave it it’s own page. Watched, and was
inspired by the feature doc NEW YORK DOLL, which tracks down ex-New
York Dolls’ bass player Arther “Killer” Kane. Great movie. Spending today
lining up interviews and tracking down people: today’s mission? Phone
every record store in Philadelphia and see if I can find Freddy Pompeii.
June 24, 2006. No filming this weekend; getting interviews lined up for
next week. Recieved an email about the circa ’77/’78 T-shirt show at the
Horseshoe next week — I’ve attached the cool jpeg I just got. And hey,
nothing much to do with The Last Pogo, but I caught Kevin Quain and The
Mad Bastards last night, and they were amazing. I’ve attached a link to
Kevin’s website.
June 23, 2006. We just shot our first footage, an hour or so with Erella
Ganon, a.k.a. Erella Vent. Lots of insights and funny stories. She’s got a
steel-trap mind, an amazingly decorated home — and a very visually cool
backyard.
June 22, 2006. Just had a great meeting with Steven “Nazi Dog” Leckie and
Blair Richard Martin. We exchanged notes on both our films; I tried to
steer them away from filmmaking in general, and once during the
converstaion, the new word “primordially” came up. Later, I saw a
fabulous five minute movie called “Modern Dental Implants”. Very
inspiring.
Updated the site a little by adding a new tune by The Scenics (my
favourite band of the era), “O Boy”. And soon The Scenics will have a
website up and running. Meeting Steven Leckie and ex-Raving Mojo Blair
Richard Martin today to have a Summit Meeting. But first, I’m off to buy
drugs! (For my dog Kiddo. Because his hips hurt.)
June 21, 2006. Left a message for Steve Leckie, and producer Jim Mauro is
making arrangements to start shooting this Friday. Added some new
photos of The Last Pogo on the “photos” page. Added some more names
to the Honour Roll on the page about the new film. Sounds like a new job
may be lurking, so I’d better film fast.
June 20, 2006. Lots of emails and responses to the site and press release.
Picked up some new lighting and sound equipment so that we can start
shooting this week. Hoping my agent doesn’t have a gig lined up for me.
Ramesh Andy Meyers of The Scenics sent me an MP3, and I put it up on
the site (look out below!)
June 19, 2006. A press release written by Gary Topp went out today; web
site up and running.
August 5, 2006. Journeyed to the depths of Mississauga for an interview
with Gary Pig Gold. Hunkered down in the basement where as a young lad
he dreamed and schemed up the infamous Pig Paper, we were treated to a
great interview, and a peak at Gary’s massive collection of memorabilia,
dating back to the early seventies. Amongst the highlights was an invoice
from the YMCA for…are ya ready?…”damage to vegetables”, from a Simply
Saucer gig gone awry. We also saw his fake Elvis Costello interview
(questions and answers originally “suggested” by MCA Records; his fake
Who tour guide, written in reponse to shoddy treatment on the part of the
promoters; and literally, hundreds of pounds of flyers, photos, ticket
stubs and more. He rated each band from The Last Pogo according to
their flyer designs (big votes to The Scenics and The Cardboard Brains).
Plus, he gave Jim a Batmobile. The perks, baby, it’s all about the perks.
Punk veteran, ex-Viletone, guitar player for The Screwed, and all-round
nice fella Steve Koch sent us a ticket stub from the Toronto Canadian
World premiere of The Last Pogo movie. It opened for The Viletones, The
Gang of Four, and The Buzzcocks a year after it was shot. All director
Colin Brunton remembers of the gig is smoking at least five cigarettes
during the 26 minute screening, and then having to hop back in his cab to
make some cash after it was over.
Opening for bands of that class was, well, pretty classy, but it wasn’t the
only gig The Last Pogo movie had. Soon after it was booked at the original
Cineplex at the Eaton’s Centre. The Cineplex people said that it was the
first time they’d ever booked a short that was so long. The gig paid $100
a week (which, if you break down the number of screenings a day and
multiply by seven days, worked out to a head-spinning $2 a show) but it
felt legit, and there is a certain buzz seeing your film on “the big screen”.
Director Colin Brunton asked how long it would play for, and was told that
it’d play for as long as the main feature did. Cool. If it played for a few
months, that’s starting to be serious coin, or at least a bit more serious
than cab-driving coin, which was more on the darkly humourous side.
The kicker was asking exactly what film it would be booked with. “Oh,
another concert film! It’s a great fit!”, they enthused. Then they told
Brunton that it would be playing with … “Richard Pryor Live In Concert”.
Uh, really? They reassured him that never in the history of Cineplex had an
opening film been cancelled. But The Last Pogo broke new ground: after
one week of, quote, “violent and negative reactions” from the audience,
The Last Pogo plug was pulled prematurely. Brunton took perverse pride,
and was later told that the film was at least a big hit with the ushers and
candy-counter people.
August 4, 2006. Ah, back from the rented cottage, black-out and all, just
to have a dentist inject five or six gi-normous needles into my mouth.
Despite the freezing, I could feel the scalpel slicing open my gums to
insert a couple of screws, and then…ratcheting the screws in place. Yes,
that’s right — “ratcheting”, just like your car mechanic does. After that,
pulling out my last wisdom tooth didn’t seem so bad. Until of course, the
freezing wore off a few hours later and I realized that even a good dose of
Tylenol 3’s were just not going to do the trick.
Hope I feel better tomorrow, ’cause it’ll be time to interview Gary Pig, in
his parent’s basement in Mississauga, and tape miles and miles of
memorabilia from ’73 on.
And today we got a nice note from Keith Elshaw, the producing genius
who mixed both the album and the film THE LAST POGO. Alive and well in
Montreal, Keith has gone from pogoing to tangoing. (I’ll get a link up
soon, if these effin Tylenols ever kick in!).
Had to take down the automatic contact form, ’cause I’m getting dozens
and dozens of spam from gambling sites. Punks.
July 23, 2006. Well, we thought we were going on location, and I guess we
did, but we sure didn’t shoot anybody. On our way to interview a couple
of firefighters, we spent most of an hour and a half on the 400 staring at
Wonderland, and pestering people in cars beside us for sandwiches. We
never got any, and soon pulled around and headed back to the city. Where
we got stuck again, on the DVP.
Edited some footage of Mickey DeSadest, so check it out. And now the
production shuts down for a couple of weeks so we can search out punks
in Haliburton. Or at least, lie on a dock and veg out, and think about
punks in Haliburton. Or maybe just veg out. See ya in August.
July 22, 2006. Whoo-eee! We’re going on location today, to the wilds of
Creemore, Ontario to interview a couple of firefighters: audience member
James Green and ex-Mod Scott Marks. Added a teaser regarding the soonto-
be-posted excerpt from ex-Cardboard Brain Vince Carlucci’s memoir,
“I Was A Cardboard Brain”.
July 21, 2006. The production team lost a third of it’s crew as Ollie
Brunton went off for some r & r at a friend’s cottage, so it was left up to
Colin and Jim to hold the fort. (These three hour days are gruelling!) We
interviewed Don Pyle (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet; Crash Kills Nine;
and other bands), and we realized just how out to lunch we were without
the whole team: ran out of tape, no release forms, couldn’t get the ballthingy
to center on the tripod, etc. Don kindly came up with a tape
so…uh…we could tape him, and was very articulate and eloquent and
funny in his accounting of the period, and the night. And he was only 15
when he attended The Last Pogo. Did we ever check i.d.?
We’ve got some interesting emails in the last two days as well: heard from
Chris, son of Freddy Pompeii and Margarita Passion, and got a note from
London from John Paul Young of The Cardboard Brains. So just forget all
those rumours, okay? We also got a note from a long lost uncle in Nigeria,
and we’re in for a lot of money apparently, so maybe this thing will get
financed after all.
Re-edted the second Evan Siegel clip.
July 20, 2006. Caught up with Evan “Mel Torment/Rusty Chambers/Rusty
Longtrucks” Siegel and his identical eight-year-old twin daughters Arielle
and Keilan. Evan gave us a ride in his prized Unimog tractor/truck/thing,
and his daughters failed miserably in our Last Pogo quiz. See the evidence
on the “2006 Film Clips” page.
July 19, 2006. Went to a restaurant to go over some fancy techy computer
stuff with our ace editors Trevor Ambrose and Steve Bedernjak, and then
watched in amazement as a bird shat on Steve’s forehead, no lie, and it
was perfectly centred, like an East Indian bidini. We assumed that this was
a good sign, as we were sure most people would if a bird had shit on their
head.
We added an edited clip of some of the footage of Vince Carlucci from the
Cardboard Brains, and neither asked for or were granted permission to use
“Friggin’ in the Riggin'” by the Rotten-less version of the Sex Pistols as
part of the track.
July 18, 2006. Ahoy, mateys! While all you landlubbers were pillaging and
plundering on dry land, we were aboard the majestic Luna Sea, the
sailboat manned by ex-Cardboard Brain Vince Carlucci. Complete with
Jolly Roger flag and treasure chest, we sailed the mighty Lake Ontario and
quizzed Vince on his memories of The Last Pogo. Argh, it was great! Apart
from his work with “an international organization” during the day, Vince
continues to make music, and is deep into his memoir “I Was A Cardboard
Brain”, his account of the 77/78 period in Toronto.
July 15, 2006. Added an edited clip of us trying to corner Evan Siegel into
answering the hard questions (see a few boxes below).
July 14, 2006. Visited and interviewed Richard Citroen, ex-Diode, ex-The
Loved Ones, ex-Simply Saucer, and ex-Forgotten Rebels (if only for a
minute or two). More good stories, and it ended with a version of
Blitzkrieg Bop. On ukelele. (Which we can’t use because the rights are
owned by greedy record behemoth Warner-Chappel). Have to do LOTS of
interviews next week, because a paying gig may be on the horizon.
July 13, 2006. Added another clip from The Last Pogo to the “Film Clips”
section: Margarita Passion of the store New Rose explains what The Last
Pogo was. Margarita moved to Philadelphia with Freddy Pompeii, ran a
restaurant, and is now a succesful real estate agent. Apart from owning
and operating New Rose back in 77/78, Margarita was one of the emcees
(along with Johnny Garbagecan) at The Last Pogo.
July 11, 2006. Interviewed ex-CFNY FM disc jockey Ivar Hamilton in his
extremely messy office in the extremely slick corp headquarters of
Universal Music. Ivar was a teenager when he attended The Last Pogo and
was apprenticing at CFNY at the time. He had some great stories of punks
gone by, and confirmed in part the conspiracy theory that Mickey floated.
Don Pyle (ex-Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, amongst others)
indentified one of the mystery people in one of the clips from The Last
Pogo we posted. Now we’ve just got to get to Vancouver. And Jace from
Phillie found Freddy Pompeii, and is getting Freddy to call in. Like Don
said, it’s like espionage, tracking down all these people with different
identities.
July 10, 2006. Went to Hamilton and Mickey de Sadist of The Forgotten
Rebels gave us a great interview, including a bona-fide conspiracy theory
about the riot at The Last Pogo. The only difficulty in the interview was
trying not to laugh out loud at some of Mickey’s stories. Not to mention
the fabulous poses he treated us to. And in true rock star form, Mickey
did the entire interview stark naked, with his strategically placed pink
“girly” guitar covering up his twigs ‘n’ berries.
July 9, 2006. We’ve added a few clips from The Last Pogo movie in the new
“Film Clips” section.
August 17, 2006. We got permission to post the above photo of (possibly?
maybe?) a 2006 version of The Viletones. They played a secret gig at Vox
mid August, they’re playing another one tonight at Ciao Edie…and more
shows to come. So keep your ear to the ground, and your nose to the
grindstone. With the wind at your back. And a stiff upper lip. Stuff like
that. Thanks to Suzanne Naughton for permission to post the picture, and
of course, thanks to the Viletones.
August 15, 2006. Doing more job-hunting than Last Pogo-ing this week.
Only thing to offer up today is a great promo picture of Teenage Head
(see above) contributed by T’Header Gord Lewis (thanks, Gord!). This is
the original line-up of Teenage Head that played The Last Pogo. Also got
a couple of very cool b & w pics by filmmaker Suzanne Naughton (of
“Mondo Punk” fame) of the secret Viletones show in mid-August in
Toronto, but I’ve gotta wait until I get official permission from Steven and
Suzanne before I post them. And I happened to stumble across a myspace
site for a niece of Steven Leckie who absolutely gushes about what a great
guy and terrific influence he was in her life. Now if we can only get Axl
Rose to fess up, we’ll have some star power.
August 13, 2006. Back up to cottage country again, this time for a
wedding. On the way up, listening to the Ipod, we heard neither “Don’t
Fear the Reaper” nor “Lucretia MacEvil”. The wedding was cool, outdoors,
with a barefoot bride and groom, dogs running up and down the aisles, a
four-foot hookah stoked with tobacco (yes, tobacco) and “Sunshine of
Your Love” cranked as they walked from the altar. Ah, there’s just no
escaping “classic rock” when you’re out in the country.
Since I’m only blogging stuff relevant to The Last Pogo, here it is: out of a
group of maybe 75 people, only two of whom I knew, I was astonished to
discover that there were two people there who attended The Last Pogo (!).
How crazy is that?! 75 people three hours from Toronto, and two of them
were at The Last Pogo?! So in between beers and snacks in the barn, I
talked to Sandy MacFadyen, currently with ex-Cardboard Brains’ Vince
Carlucci’s band “Stationtwang”, and a fully uniformed Canadian Coast
Guard officer, who recalled being turned away from the door at The Last
Pogo…then surprising the doorman with an actual ticket, dumbfounding
them and gaining entry to see the show. Ah yes, the hidden dramas
continue to unfold… At some point, we’ll be interviewing them both, and
ideally, also thwart a huge drugs ‘n’ guns operation on Lake Ontario. (The
other surprise at the wedding was the appearance of loverly actress
Christie MacFadyen, who came with her bro, and who director Brunton last
saw while working with her on Peter Mettler’s feature film The Top of His
Head). Stranger things, etc.
Noticed that Teenage Head got a four-star review in the Toronto Sun
today for their re-release re-mastered debut album from 1979, TEENAGE
HEAD. “…Canada’s answer to the Ramones, with a dash of Elvis…”.
August 11, 2006. Back from the cottage for another year, and looking
forward to getting back to interviews next week. We had a black-out at
the cottage that lasted seven days, and without use of our Ipods, we
listened to classic rock on “The Moose FM”, the radio station for
Haliburton cottage-country. I don’t want to hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
by Blue Oyster Cult or “Lucretia MacEvil” by Blood, Sweat, and Tears ever
again.
In our absence, we came home to a number of emails, including one from
Roger Dirt-bag, who was featured in The Last Pogo movie (can’t wait to
chat with her), Gary Topp, working out details for the Jandek shoot in
September, dozens of pitches for gambling websites, and only a couple of
long-lost millionaire Nigerian uncles.
August 24, 2006. Couldn’t do much this week; we were working on some
of our other projects, but we’re waiting to line up something to shoot on
Friday, and you’ll find out who on Saturday, and we might post a short
clip on Sunday.
If we’ve learned anything during this shoot it’s this: hang out on Queen
Street West for more than 15 minutes, and you’re bound to run into
someone from The Last Pogo. Today, two-thirds of the doc crew were
having coffees, scheming up plans for Total World Domination, when we
run into Toronto Star art critic Peter Goddard, who was a big supporter of
The Last Pogo movie, and who was at the show. As we talked about
getting together for an interview, a thirtiesh, sour-looking guy walked out
of a flat carrying a dying or dead cat. He took the cat and went into a
restaurant, and minutes later, he came out, but without the cat. He fiddled
with his bike lock, called a woman a “bitch”, then rode away. We didn’t
want to know if he’d been at The Last Pogo. And we’re never going to eat
at that restaurant.
August 21, 2006. Today we were treated to a walking tour of Queen Street
West with Cleave Anderson, ex Battered Wives, Blue Rodeo, Tyranna,
Screamin’ Sam, and currently drumming for The Screwed and the newest
version of The Viletones. Scheduled stops on the tour included: The
Beverly Tavern (now a chi-chi eatery), the discount clothing store where
many people bought thier first leather jackets and black jeans (now a chichi
eatery), The Peter Pan Restaurant (still a chi-chi eatery), The
Horseshoe Tavern (not such a chi-chi eatery), and The Cameron Tavern.
Outside the Cameron we ran into Andy Patterson, ex-The Government,
who gave us a thirty minute discourse on music, art, punk rock, jelly
doughnuts, Run With The Kittens, hatred of audiences, Art Metropole, and
getting pounded out in ’78. Mr. Anderson, our gracious host, completed
the tour at the site of the old Crash ‘n’ Burn (now a chi-chi lawyers’
office), where we met a lawyer on his way in. He wasn’t aware that the
Dead Boys had played there, nor was he sure what a Dead Boy was, but he
was tickled that his office used to be a punk bar, so he let us inside to
shoot, but the door to the basement was locked.
It was a tougher haul than normal today because we walked so much,
carrying all our stuff, — and a full one-third of our doc unit were M.I.A.,
having slept in after a rough night of movies, music, video games, and
Dance Dance Revolution (See pic above).
August 20, 2006. Running around and shooting and interviewing all of
these people is a lot of fun. You know what’s not so much? Transcribing
all of the tapes! It took us, for example, 3 hours to make a short-form
transcription of the Gary “Pig” Gold tapes; an hour and a half interview,
and twice as long to write down all his points. We have to start seeking
out people who are less articulate than those we’ve met so far. Monday we
get treated to an old-fashioned “walking tour” of punk sites and
highlights courtesy of Cleave “Battered Wives; Blue Rodeo; currently The
Screwed and The Viletones” Anderson. Our plan of attack? Sensible shoes.
August 18, 2006. By all accounts, the recent version of The Viletones blew
the roof off the joint at Ciao Edie last night (or was that someone telling
me they blew a joint on the roof?). Only thing to add today is a bit of a
disclaimer (or something).
This website, as you know, is “thelastpogo.net”. The one I wanted of
course was the one ending in “dot com”, but it was taken. And I woulda
done “.ca”, ‘cept the cut ‘n’ paste system we use doesn’t acknowledge
“.ca”. Whatever. So now there’s an actual site called “thelastpogo.com”,
and it’s starting to advertise the album “And Now Live From Toronto… The
Last Pogo”. We just want to make it perfectly clear that these are two
seperate companies; we have no connection to either that site, or the
company behind it, or the people behind the company. Likewise, they
have nothing to do with either THE LAST POGO movie, or the one we’re
working on now, THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA!
Thanks. We’ll do our best to make our blog a little more interesting from
now on…less legalese, more filming, please.
August 17, 2006. We got permission to post the above photo of (possibly?
maybe?) a 2006 version of The Viletones. They played a secret gig at Vox
mid August, they’re playing another one tonight at Ciao Edie…and more
shows to come. So keep your ear to the ground, and your nose to the
grindstone. With the wind at your back. And a stiff upper lip. Stuff like
that. Thanks to Suzanne Naughton for permission to post the picture, and
of course, thanks to the Viletones.
August 15, 2006. Doing more job-hunting than Last Pogo-ing this week.
Only thing to offer up today is a great promo picture of Teenage Head
(see above) contributed by T’Header Gord Lewis (thanks, Gord!). This is
the original line-up of Teenage Head that played The Last Pogo. Also got
a couple of very cool b & w pics by filmmaker Suzanne Naughton (of
“Mondo Punk” fame) of the secret Viletones show in mid-August in
Toronto, but I’ve gotta wait until I get official permission from Steven and
Suzanne before I post them. And I happened to stumble across a myspace
site for a niece of Steven Leckie who absolutely gushes about what a great
guy and terrific influence he was in her life. Now if we can only get Axl
Rose to fess up, we’ll have some star power.
August 13, 2006. Back up to cottage country again, this time for a
wedding. On the way up, listening to the Ipod, we heard neither “Don’t
Fear the Reaper” nor “Lucretia MacEvil”. The wedding was cool, outdoors,
with a barefoot bride and groom, dogs running up and down the aisles, a
four-foot hookah stoked with tobacco (yes, tobacco) and “Sunshine of
Your Love” cranked as they walked from the altar. Ah, there’s just no
escaping “classic rock” when you’re out in the country.
Since I’m only blogging stuff relevant to The Last Pogo, here it is: out of a
group of maybe 75 people, only two of whom I knew, I was astonished to
discover that there were two people there who attended The Last Pogo (!).
How crazy is that?! 75 people three hours from Toronto, and two of them
were at The Last Pogo?! So in between beers and snacks in the barn, I
talked to Sandy MacFadyen, currently with ex-Cardboard Brains’ Vince
Carlucci’s band “Stationtwang”, and a fully uniformed Canadian Coast
Guard officer, who recalled being turned away from the door at The Last
Pogo…then surprising the doorman with an actual ticket, dumbfounding
them and gaining entry to see the show. Ah yes, the hidden dramas
continue to unfold… At some point, we’ll be interviewing them both, and
ideally, also thwart a huge drugs ‘n’ guns operation on Lake Ontario. (The
other surprise at the wedding was the appearance of loverly actress
Christie MacFadyen, who came with her bro, and who director Brunton last
saw while working with her on Peter Mettler’s feature film The Top of His
Head). Stranger things, etc.
Noticed that Teenage Head got a four-star review in the Toronto Sun
today for their re-release re-mastered debut album from 1979, TEENAGE
HEAD. “…Canada’s answer to the Ramones, with a dash of Elvis…”.
August 11, 2006. Back from the cottage for another year, and looking
forward to getting back to interviews next week. We had a black-out at
the cottage that lasted seven days, and without use of our Ipods, we
listened to classic rock on “The Moose FM”, the radio station for
Haliburton cottage-country. I don’t want to hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
by Blue Oyster Cult or “Lucretia MacEvil” by Blood, Sweat, and Tears ever
again.
In our absence, we came home to a number of emails, including one from
Roger Dirt-bag, who was featured in The Last Pogo movie (can’t wait to
chat with her), Gary Topp, working out details for the Jandek shoot in
September, dozens of pitches for gambling websites, and only a couple of
long-lost millionaire Nigerian uncles.
September 18, 2006. Big weekend. Director Brunton was too busy
prepping the DVD shoot of the Jandek show to make it out to the fabled
Corktown Tavern on Saturday for the Stacey Case T-shirt launch, and
reunion of various Viletones, Screamin’ Sam, Secrets, Forgotten Rebels,
Teenage Head and on and on and on, so we sent out our guest director
Kire Paputts and hot-shot DOP James Klopko to shoot in our stead.
Haven’t viewed the footage yet (real busy today), but from what i hear,
they got some gold, and James apparently ended up on stage shooting for
our massively ambitious project. Got a very nice note today from none
other than Margarita Passion on behalf of her and the legendary original
Toronto punk Freddy Pompeii, inviting us down to Philly to talk the talk,
as well us giving us several leads on old archival footage of back in the
day. And what is a first for us, Margarita has given us our first request:
posting footage of her as hostess (along with Johnny Garbagecan) of The
Last Pogo, so we’ll try and get that up this week (while we completely
change the look and content of our now-getting-slightly-boring-andtired
website). Writer Liz Worth, who’s writing an extensive look at the
Toronto/Hamilton/London, Ont. punk scene circa 1977 – 1982, gave us
some great tips on some of the more elusive characters we’ve been trying
to wrangle. And today we got official word that we’ll be allowed to shoot
some footage inside of Joyceville Penetentiary — big thanks to Holly
Knowles for that. More later, gotta scoot.
September 14, 2006. Spent a couple of hours holed up in Blair Richard
Martin’s cutting room/bedroom/home to pet cat Nico talking about all
things Punk, why Gary Topp was (and still is) key to creating a whole
cultural landscape in Toronto, joining a biker’s band in Joyceville
Penitentiary (and trying to talk them into doing some Velvet
Underground), his film on the punk days on Toronto with Steven Leckie,
the demise of Mike Nightmare and why The Scenics were his and director
Brunton’s favourite band back in the day. Steve Leckie popped in for a
second, pulled his snazzy Last Pogo t-shirt over this face because the
room was filled with smoke, and said a quick “hey”. After that it was off
to talk with Dave Watts, The Last Pogo Jumps Again’s Number One private
dick-tective, researcher, and collector of goofy albums. Next up for us is
getting our Guest Director Kire Paputts a ride to the Hammer this weekend
so he can shoot Stacey Case’s new t-shirt show out there. Hey — you
know you’re no-budget when a shooting day is dependent on someone
getting a ride. We’re also intent on revising and changing the whole website,
’cause our current web-master just isn’t completely on the ball, and
we’ve received too many sarcastic comments on our woeful webmastering
skills — and lack thereof.
September 12, 2006. So far: we’ve interviewed 20 people; taped a
Viletones show, a Teenage Head show, Tom Wilson doing a song for us,
and Mickey deSadest doing a cover of The Kids Are Alright. Total footage
is hovering around 9 or 10 hours, and of that, we think that we’ve got
about 10 – 15 minutes of good stuff (not including the concert footage).
So — 19 people down; 481 to go! At this rate, we should be finished
shooting in about eight years, just in time for The Last Pogo’s 36th
anniversary.
(Another screw up by the webmaster — wrong link to Myspace on emails.
Thanks to Imints Krumins for pointing that one out).
September 12, 2006. Vince Carlucci, ex-Cardboard Brains and currently
with Stationtwang has kindly allowed us to publish an excerpt from his
work-in-progess “I Was A Cardboard Brain”. Go to the articles section on
this site to check it out. Contacted today by CIUT-FM who are going to be
interviewing The Mods as well as Steven Leckie of The Viletones in the
near future (i.e. in a few weeks, not in a few years, when we’ll be reduced
to riding horses and bicycles).
September 11, 2006. Oh, boy. Did the webmaster here ever screw up. In
the footer of the page, it used to say to contact us at
[email protected]”, but really, it shoulda been
[email protected]”. We have definitely missed a lot of emails, ’cause
they’ve been going to an address that doesn’t exist, and now people think
we’ve been ignoring them. And believe us, we’d fire the webmaster’s ass
in an East York minute, ‘cept he’s also the Exec Producer and Director, so
he’ll just get a thorough tongue-lashing instead. Big thanks to Steven
Leckie for inadvertantly bringing this to our attention: he called today to
say that Liz Worth, who’s writing a book on Toronto/Hamilton/London
punk rock has failed to get hold of us, even though she’s sent four
emails. I guess having the wrong email address on the website ain’t so
smart. D’oh!
September 10, 2006. Shot footage backstage and in-front-of stage at the
Viletones show at the renovated Corktown Tavern in the Hammer last
night. Director Brunton went solo (one-third of the crew was having a
sleep-over; the other third was going to movies at some sort of film
festival that’s apparently going on in Toronto). Assisted only by a short
dark Starbucks coffee and several beers, Brunton’s ears were ringing after
another bang-on show by the Viletones. Blair Richard Martin was there
shooting as well, but unfortunately, while both Martin and Brunton sorta
kinda had it together in some respects, they weren’t too savvy with basic
math skills, and not realizing that a 63 minute mini-DV tape is actually
shorter than a 65 minute concert, they both missed the very end of the
show, a real show-stopper as guitarist Kurt Schefter tossed his beloved
Vox guitar onto Cleave Anderson’s drum kit, and in true punk style, the
band ignored the audience’s demands for an encore and walked off back
to the dressing room/office/dungeon.
The high-point was when one of their songs morphed seamlessly into
Iggy & The Stooges’ classic 1969, then into a little Bo Diddley, and then
back to the original tune, Leckie pouring sweat and Schefter and Borra and
Anderson playing their dark and twisted hearts out to an audience that
clearly appreciated a good dose of old skool punk. The first half of the set
was a little murky sound-wise, and one audience member kept yelling
into my failing right ear that it was all my fault because I was shooting
digital. I couldn’t really hear wtf else he was saying, but I think he was
also trying to blame me for 9/11, crop circles, and the flabbergasting
fame of Paris Hilton. Finally (if only briefly) met the legendary punk
connoisseur Imants Krumins (and tentatively scheduled an interview, i.e.
“Hey, so we should talk sometime”…’Yeah, sure, okay”). Leaving the 125
year-old bar at…argh…1:30 in the morning, Brunton ran into a furiously
chain-smoking Chris Houston, laying low outside in the parking lot,
fearing the wrath of the Viletones for the not-quite-state-or-the-art
sound for the first half of the show. And in what’s quickly becoming a
theme here, Brunton listened to a bootleg Scenics CD that Kurt handed
him for the long drive back to Toronto. And, yeah yeah, we know we’ve
said it before, but we’ll say it again: The Viletones show at Lee’s Palace in
Toronto in October will be one not to miss.
September 8, 2006. We’re hoping to check out the Viletones at the
Corktown Tavern in Hamilton this Saturday (as well as their show at Lee’s
Palace in October)…Andy Meyers of The Scenics is working on a Scenics
Myspace site, and is publishing a comic-strip about the band…got “then
and now” photos of Last Pogo interviewee and scenester Roger T-Bag, and
just gotta wait to hear back before we post them…thinking that we might
try and get Gordon Pinsent to play Frankie Venom circa 2026, for a crazy
scene to open the movie…David Quinton of The Mods is bashing away in
his basement at his drum kit, getting prepped for The Mods’ re-union
show in November…trying to expand our “Guest Director” spots to some
of the different cities around the world ex-Pogoers might be…
September 4, 2006. Wonky week. Spent part of the weekend cutting the
Teenage Head footage, and it looks pretty good despite some techy
restrictions. It might show up on the revamped Teenage Head website,
we’ll see. THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN is on a bit of a hiatus as part of
the crew starts high-school, and the rest of the main unit begin to get
involved in paying gigs, and further developing their project with local
band Run With The Kittens; a summit meeting at a Swiss Chalet will take
place later in the week; coleslaw and hilarity will ensue. Director Brunton
messed around a lot mourning the end of summer while listening again
and again to the re-mastered and re-released first Teenage Head album,
playing with his MySpace site, and getting set to shoot Jandek in a couple
of weeks. Also starting to plan out shooting the Stacey Case/I’m With
Stupid T-Shirt launch at the Corktown Tavern in Hamilton in a couple of
weeks.
August 31, 2006. Up bright (kinda) and early at six a.m. to get ready for
an eight a.m. shoot in Hamilton with Tom Wilson, ex-Junkhouse,
currently in Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. When we got there, Tom was all
itchy and scratchy, clearly on drugs. However, this is 2006, not ’96 or ’86
or ’76, so the drug in question wasn’t a nasty one, but it was effective:
Tom had mistakenly taken a large dose of Niacin (which he categorized as
“the LSD of vitamins”). But the show must go on as they say, and he let us
in and waxed poetic (he really did) on why rockers from Hamilton have a
harder edge, and the brilliance that was (and still is) Teenage Head. We
ended the interview at ten sharp when a writing partner showed up, and
Tom treated us to a few bars of “Lean on Your Peers”, his tune about,
among others, the infamous Frankie Venom of Teenage Head. We briefly
discussed the merits of riboflavin, trash-talked thiamine and Vitamin C,
then packed up our gear and headed home.
September 18, 2006. Big weekend. Director Brunton was too busy
prepping the DVD shoot of the Jandek show to make it out to the fabled
Corktown Tavern on Saturday for the Stacey Case T-shirt launch, and
reunion of various Viletones, Screamin’ Sam, Secrets, Forgotten Rebels,
Teenage Head and on and on and on, so we sent out our guest director
Kire Paputts and hot-shot DOP James Klopko to shoot in our stead.
Haven’t viewed the footage yet (real busy today), but from what i hear,
they got some gold, and James apparently ended up on stage shooting for
our massively ambitious project. Got a very nice note today from none
other than Margarita Passion on behalf of her and the legendary original
Toronto punk Freddy Pompeii, inviting us down to Philly to talk the talk,
as well us giving us several leads on old archival footage of back in the
day. And what is a first for us, Margarita has given us our first request:
posting footage of her as hostess (along with Johnny Garbagecan) of The
Last Pogo, so we’ll try and get that up this week (while we completely
change the look and content of our now-getting-slightly-boring-andtired
website). Writer Liz Worth, who’s writing an extensive look at the
Toronto/Hamilton/London, Ont. punk scene circa 1977 – 1982, gave us
some great tips on some of the more elusive characters we’ve been trying
to wrangle. And today we got official word that we’ll be allowed to shoot
some footage inside of Joyceville Penetentiary — big thanks to Holly
Knowles for that. More later, gotta scoot.
September 14, 2006. Spent a couple of hours holed up in Blair Richard
Martin’s cutting room/bedroom/home to pet cat Nico talking about all
things Punk, why Gary Topp was (and still is) key to creating a whole
cultural landscape in Toronto, joining a biker’s band in Joyceville
Penitentiary (and trying to talk them into doing some Velvet
Underground), his film on the punk days on Toronto with Steven Leckie,
the demise of Mike Nightmare and why The Scenics were his and director
Brunton’s favourite band back in the day. Steve Leckie popped in for a
second, pulled his snazzy Last Pogo t-shirt over this face because the
room was filled with smoke, and said a quick “hey”. After that it was off
to talk with Dave Watts, The Last Pogo Jumps Again’s Number One private
dick-tective, researcher, and collector of goofy albums. Next up for us is
getting our Guest Director Kire Paputts a ride to the Hammer this weekend
so he can shoot Stacey Case’s new t-shirt show out there. Hey — you
know you’re no-budget when a shooting day is dependent on someone
getting a ride. We’re also intent on revising and changing the whole website,
’cause our current web-master just isn’t completely on the ball, and
we’ve received too many sarcastic comments on our woeful webmastering
skills — and lack thereof.
September 12, 2006. So far: we’ve interviewed 20 people; taped a
Viletones show, a Teenage Head show, Tom Wilson doing a song for us,
and Mickey deSadest doing a cover of The Kids Are Alright. Total footage
is hovering around 9 or 10 hours, and of that, we think that we’ve got
about 10 – 15 minutes of good stuff (not including the concert footage).
So — 19 people down; 481 to go! At this rate, we should be finished
shooting in about eight years, just in time for The Last Pogo’s 36th
anniversary.
(Another screw up by the webmaster — wrong link to Myspace on emails.
Thanks to Imints Krumins for pointing that one out).
September 12, 2006. Vince Carlucci, ex-Cardboard Brains and currently
with Stationtwang has kindly allowed us to publish an excerpt from his
work-in-progess “I Was A Cardboard Brain”. Go to the articles section on
this site to check it out. Contacted today by CIUT-FM who are going to be
interviewing The Mods as well as Steven Leckie of The Viletones in the
near future (i.e. in a few weeks, not in a few years, when we’ll be reduced
to riding horses and bicycles).
September 11, 2006. Oh, boy. Did the webmaster here ever screw up. In
the footer of the page, it used to say to contact us at
[email protected]”, but really, it shoulda been
[email protected]”. We have definitely missed a lot of emails, ’cause
they’ve been going to an address that doesn’t exist, and now people think
we’ve been ignoring them. And believe us, we’d fire the webmaster’s ass
in an East York minute, ‘cept he’s also the Exec Producer and Director, so
he’ll just get a thorough tongue-lashing instead. Big thanks to Steven
Leckie for inadvertantly bringing this to our attention: he called today to
say that Liz Worth, who’s writing a book on Toronto/Hamilton/London
punk rock has failed to get hold of us, even though she’s sent four
emails. I guess having the wrong email address on the website ain’t so
smart. D’oh!
September 10, 2006. Shot footage backstage and in-front-of stage at the
Viletones show at the renovated Corktown Tavern in the Hammer last
night. Director Brunton went solo (one-third of the crew was having a
sleep-over; the other third was going to movies at some sort of film
festival that’s apparently going on in Toronto). Assisted only by a short
dark Starbucks coffee and several beers, Brunton’s ears were ringing after
another bang-on show by the Viletones. Blair Richard Martin was there
shooting as well, but unfortunately, while both Martin and Brunton sorta
kinda had it together in some respects, they weren’t too savvy with basic
math skills, and not realizing that a 63 minute mini-DV tape is actually
shorter than a 65 minute concert, they both missed the very end of the
show, a real show-stopper as guitarist Kurt Schefter tossed his beloved
Vox guitar onto Cleave Anderson’s drum kit, and in true punk style, the
band ignored the audience’s demands for an encore and walked off back
to the dressing room/office/dungeon.
The high-point was when one of their songs morphed seamlessly into
Iggy & The Stooges’ classic 1969, then into a little Bo Diddley, and then
back to the original tune, Leckie pouring sweat and Schefter and Borra and
Anderson playing their dark and twisted hearts out to an audience that
clearly appreciated a good dose of old skool punk. The first half of the set
was a little murky sound-wise, and one audience member kept yelling
into my failing right ear that it was all my fault because I was shooting
digital. I couldn’t really hear wtf else he was saying, but I think he was
also trying to blame me for 9/11, crop circles, and the flabbergasting
fame of Paris Hilton. Finally (if only briefly) met the legendary punk
connoisseur Imants Krumins (and tentatively scheduled an interview, i.e.
“Hey, so we should talk sometime”…’Yeah, sure, okay”). Leaving the 125
year-old bar at…argh…1:30 in the morning, Brunton ran into a furiously
chain-smoking Chris Houston, laying low outside in the parking lot,
fearing the wrath of the Viletones for the not-quite-state-or-the-art
sound for the first half of the show. And in what’s quickly becoming a
theme here, Brunton listened to a bootleg Scenics CD that Kurt handed
him for the long drive back to Toronto. And, yeah yeah, we know we’ve
said it before, but we’ll say it again: The Viletones show at Lee’s Palace in
Toronto in October will be one not to miss.
September 8, 2006. We’re hoping to check out the Viletones at the
Corktown Tavern in Hamilton this Saturday (as well as their show at Lee’s
Palace in October)…Andy Meyers of The Scenics is working on a Scenics
Myspace site, and is publishing a comic-strip about the band…got “then
and now” photos of Last Pogo interviewee and scenester Roger T-Bag, and
just gotta wait to hear back before we post them…thinking that we might
try and get Gordon Pinsent to play Frankie Venom circa 2026, for a crazy
scene to open the movie…David Quinton of The Mods is bashing away in
his basement at his drum kit, getting prepped for The Mods’ re-union
show in November…trying to expand our “Guest Director” spots to some
of the different cities around the world ex-Pogoers might be…
September 4, 2006. Wonky week. Spent part of the weekend cutting the
Teenage Head footage, and it looks pretty good despite some techy
restrictions. It might show up on the revamped Teenage Head website,
we’ll see. THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN is on a bit of a hiatus as part of
the crew starts high-school, and the rest of the main unit begin to get
involved in paying gigs, and further developing their project with local
band Run With The Kittens; a summit meeting at a Swiss Chalet will take
place later in the week; coleslaw and hilarity will ensue. Director Brunton
messed around a lot mourning the end of summer while listening again
and again to the re-mastered and re-released first Teenage Head album,
playing with his MySpace site, and getting set to shoot Jandek in a couple
of weeks. Also starting to plan out shooting the Stacey Case/I’m With
Stupid T-Shirt launch at the Corktown Tavern in Hamilton in a couple of
weeks.
August 31, 2006. Up bright (kinda) and early at six a.m. to get ready for
an eight a.m. shoot in Hamilton with Tom Wilson, ex-Junkhouse,
currently in Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. When we got there, Tom was all
itchy and scratchy, clearly on drugs. However, this is 2006, not ’96 or ’86
or ’76, so the drug in question wasn’t a nasty one, but it was effective:
Tom had mistakenly taken a large dose of Niacin (which he categorized as
“the LSD of vitamins”). But the show must go on as they say, and he let us
in and waxed poetic (he really did) on why rockers from Hamilton have a
harder edge, and the brilliance that was (and still is) Teenage Head. We
ended the interview at ten sharp when a writing partner showed up, and
Tom treated us to a few bars of “Lean on Your Peers”, his tune about,
among others, the infamous Frankie Venom of Teenage Head. We briefly
discussed the merits of riboflavin, trash-talked thiamine and Vitamin C,
then packed up our gear and headed home.
November 4, 2006 Things slowly chug along, but what with one-third of
the main Chacha Cha Cha crew heavy into the new TV series The Little
Mosque on the Prairie, and the other third toughing out high-school,
shooting is now in fits and starts. But we’ve been able to pump up the
Deputy Directors, and our first bit of footage from Suzanne Naughton was
gold. When she told us she was going to shoot in a “German
Expressionist” style, we nodded dumbly, not really having a clue what she
meant, but the end results seem to indicate that that phrase means: looks
really cool. Suzanne interviewed her pal Bruce Pirrie, ex of The Dead
Bunnies, and it seems as though Bruce (who’s taught at Second City,
acted, written for TV) can’t seem to open his mouth without being funny.
The illustrious Mr. Pirrie is bound to command oodles of screen time on
the epic. Meanwhile, our other Deputy Directors (Kire Paputts, Tristan
Orchard and Aldo Erdic) and gnawing over what the heck to shoot, and
how to shoot it. But Aldo and his crew at To Be Scene Productions are
becoming more rabid in their enthusiasm each day: three camera shoots
of The Viletones, and hopefully helping out at Teenage Head at Healey’s
in a couple of weeks. Our manufacturing division is currently making up
the official Deputy Director badges, which will be handed out in a
ceremony to our trusty pals in a week or so.
Besides giving us the footage of Bruce Pirrie talking about Blake Street
Boys, Viletones, raising baby punks, watching a Dead Boy get slit from
top to bottom, and doing a mean imitation of The Mods (amongst a
bazillion other things), Deputy Naughton also gifted us with footage of
the Viletones at Lee’s Palace, and pristine DVD’s of her seminal punk rock
experimentally unbalanced docs AN AFTERNOON AT NEW ROSE and
MONDO PUNK. And if THAT ain’t enough, local photographer Denis Smith
is going to email us a ton of photos new and old of practically anyone
you’ve ever heard of. And while our focus on this project is less archival,
and leaning more towards new stuff, at this rate the DVD release will be
about five hours long.
Now here’s a plug: besides pounding through this epic docu detective
thingy called THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA, the core
crew, soon to be known as Easy Film & TV have latched onto a couple of
other projects: the one most ready for camera is a sketch-comedy show
called T-BAG & BONKERS’ HALF-HOUR OF POWER. If you go here you’ll see
why a lot of people think they could be the heir to the throne of such
stalwart jokesters as Kids in the Hall and Monty Python. Plus, they’re
really nice! (BTW: Easy Film & TV’s philosophy? Work with nice people on
cool projects that we’d like to see. Easy). We’re also in talks with a couple
of people to produce what will be, by far, the darkest, most twisted reality
TV series ever. Can’t say anymore right now. Kinda scary. Kinda freaky.
What else is going on? Andy Meyers of The Scenics is prepping the
Scenics Myspace, and getting ready to complete his book on the 1977/78
scene, AND getting ready to spring his comic strip about the
Scenics…going to shoot a couple of gravesites of ex-Pogoers…Ryan Noth
is holed up in Montreal finishing off the DVD concert film of Jandek that
Easy Film & TV shot…The Mods are rehearsing and getting set to play the
Horseshoe in a couple of weeks…still hunting for a Phillie filmmaker to
talk with Freddy Pompeii, and look forward to waxing nostalgic with the
one, the only Margarita Passion around Christmas…got some amazing
footage from DOP Gerald Packer of the fire that destroyed Screamin Sam
Ferrara’s studio a month or so ago. Gerald was in his loft right across the
street when it broke out. It’s frightening…still waiting to hear back from
ex-Cardboard Brain John Paul Young not to mention the prison dude who
is supposed to let us shoot a little at Joyceville (although the eloquent
hipster Blair Richard Martin is going to hand over some photos of him
playing with a biker band there…and hoping that people like Patrick Lee,
The Gothic Cowboy, Peter Goddard and many many others aren’t losing
thier patience with us, ’cause we are so far behind in our make-believe
schedule. Back at ya when there’s more news. Hey ho.
October 24, 2006. If you check out Brunton’s Myspace, you can see a
rough cut of Steven Leckie and the Viletones going for a coffee before the
show at Lee’s Palace. And remember — even if you can’t remember
anything about being at The Last Pogo, if you were there, we’ve gotta talk.
We may not get back to you for awhile (we’ve got a list of people we’ve
been in contact since June that we haven’t gotten around to yet) but we
will at some point. We want to find everyone that was there, no matter
where you are now.
October 22, 2006. New additions to the ever-expanding LAST POGO
JUMPS AGAIN crew are the good folks at To Be Scene Productions, who
lent us a huge hand by taping the Viletones show at Lee’s Palace. Aldo
Erdic has now been added to our roster as a Guest Director, along with
Kire Paputts and Tristan Orchard. Packed to the rafters, the Viletones
didn’t disappoint and played a great set. One of the highlights of the
evening happened before the show even started. Grabbing a quick coffee,
the Viletones let director Brunton tag along, and he had the camera rolling
as three U of T goons bumped into Leckie spilling his coffee all over his
shirt, and then when they didn’t bother to apologize, Leckie let ’em have
it. It was a bit of a screaming match, and clearly these guys were not on
the debate team at university. It came about this close to and out and out
rumble.
Sunday afternoon was a bit more light-hearted as we interviewed
Screamin’ Sam Ferrara at his digs on Parliament Street. Surrounded by
some of the metal sculptures he’s been doing since he was nine, Sam
charmed us with tales of on-stage fistfights with Leckie; a list of all the
times he’d broken bones in his body; his occasional stints in holding cells
at police stations; the craziness that was The Ugly; why he celebrates
three birthdays each year; and a recounting of all of his various
pseudonyms. (Geez — you’d think the name Sam Ferrara was cool
enough.) Along with, of course, great stories vis a vis Sex, Drugs & Rock
‘n’ Roll. And all of us look forward to the benefit show for Sam on the
28th at the Cadillac Bar on Queen West, where a full house would go a
long way to starting to replace some of the things Sam lost in the fire he
suffered a month ago.
In other news: Blair Richard Martin has completed one “chapter” of the
DVD/movie he’s making with Leckie about the root of the Toronto punk
scene…The Viletones have started a website and you can go to it right
here…The Mods have kindly agreed to donate the entire box office of their
reunion show at the Horseshoe in November to help out Sam
Ferrara…writer Liz Worth is going to let the POGO gang hang with her as
she interviews Frankie Venom from Teenage Head in the next while…and
a phone call from Greg “Punk Rock’s Studs Terkel” Dick means a busy
couple of months for the POGO crew: interviews with Teenage Head, the
Mods, and John Catto, and word of a surprise appearance by the Viletones
at a show next Saturday night…
October 17, 2006. Suddenly a little bit busier. Kire Paputts spent an
afternoon with filmmaker Suzanne Naughton last week, and got some
good footage, and Brunton spent the evening on Sunday with the
Viletones at CIUT-FM. The night started off with a hard and tight set live
in the studio, broadcast around the world, and then the fellas went
upstairs for an in-depth interview with Greg Dick — and if Greg was like
the Studs Terkel or I. F. Stone of punk ‘n’ roll interviewers, Viletones’
bandleader Steven Leckie was just as articulate. Greg covered the
Viletones and Leckie’s entire history, and didn’t just lob softballs; there
was some tough questions as well, and equally tough answers. While
Leckie and Dick went head-to-head and heart-to-heart, the rest of the
Viletones took the opportunity to smoke, drink wine, and chuckle at
some of the moments in the DJ booth. In a throwback to punk days of
yore, the interview ended with Cleave Anderson wrestling Leckie out of
the booth, Kurt and John knocking over a couple of chairs, and all of them
intent on hitting a bar on Queen West before the witching hour. Among
Leckie’s revelations were tidbits about sex with famous people, on-stage
fights, back-stage fights, the violence of the era, and why The Sex Pistols
were really just a 1977 version of The Monkees. The oddest moment?
Looking at Dick’s copy of the German band The Nazi Dogs, named in
honour of Sir Steve, the front cover a parody of the Easy Rider soundtrack,
but with Bush and Adolf Hitler instead of Fonda and Hopper.
Meanwhile: plans are full-steam ahead for the Sam Ferrara benefit at the
Cadillac Lounge October 28th…DOP Gerald Packer contributed footage of
the fire that destroyed Sam’s apartment to THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN,
CHACHA CHA CHA…Andy Meyers and Ken Badger of The Scenics are
busily digitaly re-mastering old Scenics material…we’re inching closer to
getting permission to shoot some stuff at Joyceville Prison…West Coast
Assistant and Guest Director Tristan Orchard is clearing some time to
start shooting on the Left Coast, and we’ve now got a half-dozen Guest
Directors in L.A., New Zealand, Georgia, Halifax and Australia waiting for
word on any Pogo sightings there so they can catch them on tape, and
ship ’em back to Pogo Central (uh…this laptop).
October 11, 2006. Long time, no post. The gang behind THE LAST POGO
JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA have been busy making plans for Total
World Domination, and are gearing up to launch a new company, Easy
Film & TV (’cause, y’know, it’s easy…and we’re easy)…the Easy team are
brewing up nifty ideas with Tyler Grace and Nate Mills for a new TV show,
and getting prepped to take the world by storm. Or at least a heavy
downpour. Well…until we get some $$$ backing, maybe a light drizzle.
Whatever. Easy Film’s editor Ryan Noth is hunkered over at the Toronto
Islands cutting the Jandek DVD (Duality of Self), and pining for
meds….POGO guest-director Kire Paputts is back from the Raindance
Festival in England where he showed off his beauty doc ONLY I KNOW,
and is right now, at this very minute, filming filmmaker Suzanne “Mondo
Punk” Naughton in the bowels (I love that word!) of Ryerson…the rest of
the POGO team are getting set to film the Viletones getting interviewed on
CIUT-FM this Sunday, and then the big show at Lee’s Palace on the 20th
of October. Hot-shot film director Bill “Foolproof”; “Treed Murray” Phillips
is going to have a chat this weekend with Teenage Head about a possible
feature film…we’ve sent nice messages to the old high-school that
Teenage Head went to (as well as at least a couple of the Forgotten
Rebels) in the hopes that we can find an old curmudgeonly retired teacher
who can tell us what brats they were — and maybe talk the band teacher
into figuring out a couple of Head tunes for the school band. Pretty much
have given up on the idea of shooting inside Joyceville Penitentiary,
because even though we’ve got permission, they just don’t want to return
my calls. Sheesh. Been talking back and forth with Margarita Passion, and
Nora Currie checked in with some news of photos, stories, and stuff from
the Pogo days. And if all that weren’t enough, two-thirds of the main
Pogo crew start working on a new TV series next week called LITTLE
MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, one of those shows you know would never be
allowed to air in the States (the other third of the team, Sir Catfish,
continues his edjamucation at Rosedale School of the Arts). Waiting for
word on a benefit concert to help out artist/musician Sam Ferrara, and
holding our breath waiting to find out if Home Depot can lend a hand.
And finally, for all of you aspiring filmmakers out there, please check out
Last Pogo director Colin Brunton’s Myspace for hints and tips on
filmmaking and writing. He lays it right on the line, and will crush your
dreams. Have a nice day!
October 3, 2006. Added a new clip under The Last Pogo section showing
Johnny Garbagecan and Margarita Passion introducing The Secrets.
September 30, 2007. Shot some footage of the remains of Screamin’ Sam
Ferrara’s workspace, in the ruins of the fire that destroyed the building
last week….Watch out for a benefit for Sam, coming soon…The Viletones
gig at Lee’s Palace is coming soon, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be
great. Here’s promoter Gary Topp’s ad:
“The Diodes, ha, what a f***kin’ joke. When they play New York, people
laugh. They know what band in Toronna is real. It’s The Viletones. We ARE
Toronna. Ahhhh, never mind. This song’s called Swastika Girl — 1, 2, 3,
4” — Nazi Dog (1978, Horsehoe).
He always threatened to kill himself on stage; it seems he never did…
10 pm Friday Oct 20 @ Lee’s Palace.
Steve Leckie, voice; Cleave Anderson, drums; John Borra, bass; Kurt
Schefter, guitar; and special guest, Lucasta of The “B” Girls.
Adv Tix $15 @ Rotate This, Sam the Record Man, Circus Books & Music.
September 25, 2006 Spent a few hours in Hamilton on Sunday with Imants
Krumins, who showed off his extensive collection of records, CD’s,
magazines, etc. from 1977 and 1978, and took a driving lesson from
Rhoda, famous for her driving skills humping people from Hamilton to
Toronto and back again back In The Day. Hoping to nail the date to go to
Joyceville this week, but the paying gig is slowly taking over the Chacha
Cha Cha crew’s lives.
September 23, 2006. Good news and bad news. The good news is that
we’re off to The Hammer once more on Sunday to interview Imants
Krumins and friend and Pogo-er “Rhoda” (sorry, Rhoda, we can’t think of
the last name right now); The Last Pogo Jumps Again, Chacha Cha Cha’s
guest director and all-round good guy Kire Paputts is off to the Raindance
Film Festival in London, England to show off his brilliant documentary
“Only I Know”, a deeply sketched portrayal of his family, including Dad
Chris Hate; also got another note from Roger T-Bag who wants to know
when “the big reunion” of The Last Pogo is because she “has something
important to announce”. We will collectively hold our breath, and wait and
see what said news is. And if Margarita Passion or Freddy Pompeii are
reading this, be assured that a new clip of Margarita will appear on the
site just as soon as we can get our heads above water. And on top of all
that good news, we’re finalizing a visit to Joyceville Penentiary, and have
been invited to lunch at none-other-than Cram Savage’s place while we’re
there. (Who’s that boy with the sandwich in his hand?).
The bad news is that a huge fire completely gutted ex-Viletone, ex-
Screamin’ Sam (and way more) and beloved local artist and musician Sam
Ferrara’s studio. A master of metal sculpture and an innovative musician
who can seduce beautful sounds out of slinkys and saws (not to mention
all manner of guitars), all of Sam’s tools were destroyed, along with, I’m
assuming, many works-in-progress. Apparently it started out as a twoalarm
fire, quickly turned into a five-alarm fire, and took 120 firefighters
to finally stop it. Today the building is being torn down. (Uh…benefit
concert anyone?) Maybe Sam had insurance; let’s hope so. More when we
find out more. In the meantime, it might be nice to go check out Sam and
John Borra at their Sunday evening gig at The Communist’s Daughter here
in Toronto.
September 22, 2006. Not much doing this week, ‘cept we started cleaning
up the website so it’s easier to navigate, changed all the colours, etc., and
will continue to try and improve it. So for all three or four of our regular
readers, give us any feedback you like! We can take it! Too busy to Pogo,
as most of the The Last Pogo Jumps Again, Chacha cha cha! crew were
busy taping the incredible Jandek concert in Toronto last Sunday, and
gearing up to help produce a new TV series…and working with a couple of
young ‘uns on “Tyler and Nate’s TV Show”, which will either be the very
best, or the very worst TV show ever. Whooo-hooo! Heading out to
Hamilton this Sunday to interview, amongst others, the legendary Imants
Krumins, and view his massive collection of records — and any other
Pogo-ers who might read this and send us a note. Hoping to get a solid
date today to head out the Joyceville Penetentiary…spoke to a film
director buddy of mine who’s toying with the idea of making a feature
film on one of the Last Pogo bands (!). What is with everyone’s new
interest in 1977/1978?!
November 9, 2006 “I’m thinkin’ too slow…and I’m drinkin’ too fa-ast”. I
guess so, because the Teenage Head gig at Healey’s this Saturday has
crept up fast. Embroiled in high-school, Little Mosque on the Prairie, TBag
& Bonkers, the Jandek DVD, and…uh…discussing how to clean brain
off a radiator…The Last Pogo Chacha Cha Cha team had to slap
themselves upside their heads when they realized that, clued in by
investigative journalist Liz Worth (relentlessly pursuing her punky prey for
her book on all things Ontario Punk circa 77/78), as she’s snagged herself
an interview with Teenage Head’s very own Frankie Venom. Guitar-slinger
Gord Lewis contacted Chacha Cha Cha headquarters (i.e. our cell phone)
and gave the go-ahead for the crew to tag along (and if there’s any
Chacha Cha Cha confederates out there, we could use a hand). Deputy
Director Aldo Erdic is going to bring his 2BeScene gang along, while
Brunton will be the fly on the wall. This Saturday, Healey’s, Bathurst just
south of Queen, Toronto.
November 6, 2006. The manufacturing division of The Last Pogo Jumps
Again, Chacha cha cha has finally rolled out the first three “deputy
director’s” badges. If anyone comes up to interview you for this movie,
you can now ask for I.D. Y’know, just in case they’re from some other
punk-rock-docu-detective movie…uber-promoter and all ’round good
fella Gary Topp contributed a sound bite of a CHUM-FM disc jockey
reviewing the Dead Boys/Ramones show at the New Yorker back in 1976.
Oh, how she must be eating her words now…Put out word in Phillie for a
volunteer so we can get some footage of the venerable Mr. Pompeii and
scene-meister Margarita Passion. Hello?! Philadelphia? Come in…And
finally, to the right, underneath the photos by Denis Smith, you can click
on the PDF thingy to see the handbill for The Mods at the Horseshoe this
month. The Mods (and the Screwed, and The B Girls, and Johnny & The GRays
are donating to entire box office to the fund to help Sam Ferrara get
his sculpting situation back in order. (And Mr. Trinier has not lost his
touch when it comes to handbill design.)
November 5, 2006 Just added to our ever-growing list of comrades and
confidants, Denis Smith has generously allowed us to pop up a couple of
his photos from the Lee’s Palace gig by The Viletones. We’ve just added
Denis to our crew as “archive photography” and “stills photography”,
sharing duties with the esteemed Edie Steiner and Kingston’s own Cram
Savage. For more of Denis’ stuff, go to his Myspace site. And remember,
kiddies — all of the photos to the right were done by Denis “Fast Eddie”
Smith, and they’re all copyright, so don’t even think about copying them
unless you get permission from The Man himself
November 25, 2006 That’s right, kids, you too could become a bona-fide
Deputy Director for the epic punk rock doc THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN,
CHACHA CHA CHA! The individual and personalized badges and i.d. kits
were imported from sweatshops in the Far East, shipped over to Canada
by sea, and artfully hand-crafted at the CHACHA CHA CHA Manufacturing
Division Factory Warehouse Compound (i.e. office we’re working out of
now). Because of tightened security measures around the CHACHA CHA
CHA project, we felt it necessary to produce the i.d. kits. In addition to
the kits, all Deputy Directors also get a listing on the IMDB, the
International Movie DataBase, where you be listed as the 2,346,785th
most popular director in the world! The world, my friends! And that’s not
all! You also get … uh … wait a sec …well, I guess that is all there is. But
you get a badge; we can’t stress that enough. THE LAST POGO CHACHA
CHA CHA will be present at The Mods/Screwed show at the Horseshoe
tonight and recruitors will be waiting to sign you up. And don’t worry
about our drug test — it’s multiple choice, and no matter what type of
drug you might be on, we’re sure you’ll pass … or pass out, whichever
comes first. Or even if they happened simultaneously.
November 21, 2006. Deputy Director Aldo Erdic covered the Mods
interview on Sunday at CIUT-FM, as they got quizzed by Greg “I.F. Stone”
Dick…off to shoot Screamin’ Sam today as he burns both ends getting set
for his annual art show at the Cameron Tavern…and right out of the blue,
courtesy in part to Liz Worth, director Brunton re-connected with
legendary NYC promoter/manager/writer Danny Fields, who kindly sent
along a batch of photos he took during the first visit to Toronto by the
Ramones. We’re hoping to crown a Deputy Director in NYC so we can
interview Danny (the Ramones’ first manager; he’s also the guy that
discovered the MC5 and Iggy among countless achievements; he truly is
legendary…and nice) about the huge impact that weekend had on any and
all aspiring punk rockers in Toronto. Over to the right you can witness the
dreadful fashion sense that director Brunton had back in the day, a photo
taken by Danny after he graciously invited Brunton for breakfast with the
Ramones at the Chelsea in Toronto. The picture seems to be pleading:
“Please, will someone please just tell me to cut my hair?!”. Yikes!
November 17, 2006. Whoops! Mea culpa, mea culpa! The Pogo
Communications Division just spoke with Westdale High School, and
found out that, in fact, Gord Lewis of Teenage Head was included in the
Wall of Fame. Sorry about any confusion, etc.
November 13, 2006. Thanks to intrepid reporter Liz Worth, we were able
to tape an hour’s worth of conversation with Frankie Venom at the soldout
Teenage Head gig at Healey’s on the weekend. Talking about
everything from his childhood, his worst ever gig, his best ever gig, and
later comparing tattoos with the aforesaid Ms. Worth, Frankie talked the
talk, then walked the walk right through the teeming horde, and up to the
stage to join the rest of Teenage Head for a great gig. Chacha Cha Cha
Deputy Director Aldo Erdic and his crew struggled to shoot the concert,
going over, under, sideways, down, backwards, forwards, square and
round. When will it end?
Director Brunton headed down Hamilton today to get some…uh…”beauty
shots” of the town, and stopped by Westdale High, former school of many
Hamilton punkers including all of Teenage Head, as well as Forgotten
Rebels’ Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadest. Brunton was not surprised to
notice that none of them were included in the Wall of Fame in the hallway
amongst big names like Eugene Levy and Martin Short and some dj we’ve
never heard of, but whaddya do. After sneaking a couple of shots here
and there, Brunton was politely told by The Authorities that he couldn’t
film there, so he left, and headed down to the steel plants, where, after
sneaking a few shots here and there, was politely told that he couldn’t
film there either. Heading back to Toronto but looking for something to
eat, he dropped in at a bar on King Street where he was told that he’d just
missed the venerable Mr. Venom. Declining to dine on the pickled eggs,
he snarfed down some McFood and headed back to town.
Be sure not to miss the concert at the Horseshoe on the 25th featuring
the original members of The Mods, plus a ton of special guests, and
stalwart rockers The Screwed. See the ad above. Then go to the show. And
if you were at The Last Pogo, and you see us there, please say “hi!”. We’re
friendly, and if you put a bottle of beer in your hand and offered it to us,
we’d tentatively walk right up and drink it down, like crazy-ass
chipmunks. Peanuts too.
December 21, 2006. West Coast Deputy Director Tristan Orchard has been
busy: two hours with Ramesh Andy Meyers of The Scenics, including a
version of “Do The Wait”; shots of downtown Vancouver, shots of the area
where one ex-Pogoer lost thier life; shooting Naarduwar the Human
Serviette soon, and maybe a version of his song about The Cardboard
Brains… Toronto-based Deputy Suzanne Naughton is stationed in
Australia for the holidays, but so far, no luck finding any veterans. Deputy
Kire Paputts is going to do his interview with his dad, Chris Haight
(Viletones, local legend, etc.) around Christmas… we’re just starting to
cook up ideas with Erella Ganon for some animation sequences…Deputy
Aldo Erdic is putting the finishing touches of his new green-screen
studio, and cutting more footage of The Mods and The
Viletones…Producer Jim Mauro got more footage of Screamin’ Sam’s
gallery/sale at the Cameron…made contact with Cardboard Brains’
drummer David Richardson who’s now an off-shore banker in the
Bahamas…look for a year round-up before New Years…
December 5, 2006. Great day in the ongoing history of THE LAST POGO
JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA! Deputy Director Suzanne Naughton did
an interview with Last Pogo attendee Dave Priestly (who was also a
member of The Dead Bunnies, the band Suzanne and Bruce Pirrie were in
back in ’79), and then passed along a few copies of the original press kit
for The Last Pogo, stuff director Brunton hadn’t seen in over 20 years.
We also got our first press on this project: a mention in famed on-line
mag IndieWIRE. And if you’re an IndieWIRE subscriber and you’re new to
this project, just look around the site. If you interested in some good film
tips, check out the film blogs on Brunton’s Myspace site; lots of helpful
hints (along with some sordid cab-driving tales). The IndieWIRE article
mentioned the fact that we have Deputy Directors (so far, West Coaster
Tristan Orchard, and Toronto-based Suzanne Naughton, Kire Paputts, and
Aldo Erdic). If you’re interested in getting a nifty deputy badge, and
joining in on the fun, we’re dying to find some like-minded folk in New
York City and Philadelphia. Just send us a note at [email protected],
and we’ll get back to you.
And today we visited the real Rock ‘n’ Roll High School: Westdale High
School in working-class Hamilton, Ontario. Forgotten Rebel singer Mickey
DeSadest gave director Brunton and Deputy Director Kire Paputts a
walking tour of the school, playfully flirted with many (uh…actually, any)
girls, and we were chaperoned on our tour of the school by none other
than Mr. Wayne Hager, Gym Teacher. What we had to tell Wayne was that,
whether he liked it or not, he had a crucial part in the formation of Punk
Rock in Hamilton, because he’s the guy who introduced Teenage Head
singer Frankie Venom to guitarist Gordie Lewis in a wrestling match back
in the mid-seventies. A good sport, Wayne even posed in the guise of the
grim, take-no-prisoners gym teacher (all the while being the nicest guy in
the world, of course) in the centre of the gym floor. Meanwhile, Mickey
chatted with some giggly girls, and told me that one of them came up
with an idea for a shot. So, whaddya do? You hand the camera to the
aspiring filmmaker, sit her in the wheelchair/dolly, and let her do her
shot. And it was cool. And so now we can add Ms. Alyssa Henry as one of
our official camera operators. Welcome to the IMDB, Alyssa — you are
soon to become the 2,345,675th most popular person on the film
internet! We’ll be checking in at Westdale in a couple of weeks to drop off
some clothes for their clothes drive, and will be making sure that Alyssa
gets some brownie points from the teacher for her work.
December 3, 2006. Spent a couple of hours in the smoky confines of Blair
Richard Martin’s house interviewing Steven Leckie today. Snazzily
outfitted in a designer lumber-jack jacket, Leckie talked about what he
wanted from Santa Claus this year, whether he’d make the “nice” or
“naughty” list (nice), hopping freight trains to Thunder Bay, playing Max’s
Kansas City with Andy Warhol, Danny Fields, and Truman Capote in the
audience, and the possibilities and potential of having sex with Chrissie
Hynde from The Pretenders. And it that weren’t enough, he gifted the
POGO crew with never-before-seen footage of the Viletones in action
back in the late seventies; now I’ve just gotta dig the VHS machine out of
storage. While Brunton and Brunton taped Leckie, Blair Richard Martin
taped them, then they taped him taping them, and so on and so forth.
And once we get the Scanning Machine up to snuff, we’ll post a couple of
pics of Blair and his Joyceville Penetentiary pals doing a gig to — hey, I
can’t resist — a very captive audience at the notorious prison. While we
were there, Director Brunton’s ass started vibrating, which meant either
some kind of weird spasm — or his cell phone was ringing. Turned out to
be Secret Weapon Greg Dick leaving a message about the Teenage Head
interview and performance in January.
December 2, 2006. A busy couple of weeks for the CHACHA CHA CHA
gang. Deputy Directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic covered the Mods
show at the Horseshoe; Kire was fly-on-the-wall in the dressing room,
and Aldo pulled in his camera crew to shoot the bands. They managed to
copy shot-for-shot The Mods performance from THE LAST POGO (or at
least half the time), so we can have some nifty fun in the cutting room.
CHACHA CHA CHA stills photographer Fast Eddy was there too, and will
be sending me some jpgs of the show soon. By all accounts they did what
all the other ex-Pogo bands have been doing lately: blowing the roof off
the joint.
Director Brunton hung out with Screamin’ Sam Ferrara at his new
workshop (courtesy of “Serge”) and quietly watched Sam do his thing,
sculpture-wise. The grizzly old landlord dropped by to give Sam yet
another bag of funky iron stuff that was left on the doorstep overnight:
looked like old railway spikes and metal stuff. A few nights ago Brunton
went with CHACHA CHA CHA crew member Ollie Brunton (nepotism
rules!), and shot some of what was probably the last Sam benefit. We
managed to shoot the half-hour set by Sam and John Borra’s band THE
RATTLESNAKE CHOIR, but because we didn’t want to spoil the mood, we
didn’t set up a light, and that place is dim — the few lights they had on
stage illuminated everyone but — you guessed it — Sam, who was very
cool playing his slinky set and saw. Another CHACHA CHA CHA buddy
was there too, Gerald Packer, sucking some cold ones (and I don’t mean
having necrophiliac homosexual sex) and watching his footage of Sam’s
fire on what is possibly the smallest TV set we’ve ever seen.
Out on the Left Coast, Deputy Director Tristan Orchard is getting set to
shoot Naardwuar the Human Serviette giving his rendition of the song he
wrote about The Cardboard Brains, and possible trying to catch a few
minutes with the Scenics’ Andy Myers. We were hoping to hook Tristan up
with ex-Pogoer Roger T-Bag, but the correspondance with her has been
dicey to say the least. And on a grim note, Tristan will shoot a few frames
of the spot where beloved ex-Pogo scenester Ruby T’s met her maker. :-(.
Still waiting to hear from the Cardboard Brains’ John Paul Young, but just
got off the phone with the infamous Johnny Garbagecan, who we’ll hook
up with in a bit.
In other news: the on-line magazine IndieWIRE is running a small article
on THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA in their December
edition coming out this Wednesday….Andy Myers of the Scenics is busy
reno-ing, but ready to jump on “the re-invention” of The Scenics in
January….tomorrow Brunton and Brunton hope to do the first of a few
chats with Steve Leckie…on Tuesday morning, CHACHA CHA CHA is off
to the principal’s office: we’re heading off to Westdale High School in
Hamilton, and our fondest wish is to interview the guy who had a huge
part in the Hamilton Punk scene: Mr. Wayne Hager, gym teacher, who
introduced Teenage Head’s Frankie Venom to Gord Lewis in a wrestling
match about 30 years ago. And if he can wake up in time, and is feeling
up to it, we might be joined by the Forgotten Rebels’ Mickey DeSadest.
Our Mission: to find out just why of all the glorious punks and musicians
that came out of that high-school, only Gord Lewis has made it to the
Wall of Fame. How did we get permission? At first I offered up an apple to
give to the principal, but she countered with an Apple I-Pod…and I’m not
sure what we’re going to bring. Perhaps just our good intentions. And a
few bucks. And maybe a bag of old clothes for their clothes drive.
And yesterday, of course was the 28th anniversary of The Last Pogo. And
what did the LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, CHACHA CHA CHA crew do to
mark the date? Nuthin. Didn’t even think of it. Ah, memories. Speaking of
which, we did get an odd phone call. Godfrey Jordan,
writer/videographer/baseball freak gave Brunton a phone call and asked
him if he happened to attend The Toronto Pop Festival back in 1969.
Brunton said he did (he’s an old, old man now in his early fifties), and
Jordan told him that he should come by Simcoe Place onn December 14
and 15th; Jordan’s got a photo exhibit of shots from that concert (which
featured, amongst many others, The Velvet Underground, but without the
best member, John Cale, as well as high-school band Alice Cooper, Dr.
John, Johnny Winters, The Doors…hey, it was amazing!). Cut to the chase:
Jordan has a shot of the 50,000+ crowd — and thinks he can see a young
14 year-old Colin Brunton in the crowd. And that is just too weird, and on
that note, we bid you adieu.

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