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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.

Misheard Lyrics Hall of Fame

There is no justice.

Okay, we all know about the idiots who thought that Jimi Hendrix was singing “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” rather than the correct “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.”  Boneheads! Are you effing stupid?!  But…we humbly hung our heads in shame in a sad corner of Pogo H. Q. yesterday when we learned that we were just as guilty.   Being an instant and big fan of The Dictators hours after their 1975 classic album Go Girl Crazy hit Records on Wheels on Yonge Street, The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Colin Brunton thought that they were some of the best rock ‘n’ roll lyrics he’d ever heard.   But he thought it a bit weird when Handsome Dick Manitoba sang:  “I won’t be happy, ’til I’ve known foreign wine, with my face on the cover, of the TV Guide.”  This awesome, tough, street-level NYC punk who sings about smoking weed, watching TV, eating at McDonalds and sleeping with the TV on won’t be happy until he’s a wine connoisseurWtf?!

Liner sleeve from Go Girl Crazy.

Earlier this week the teletype at Pogo H.Q. was buzzing with the news that none other Dictators songwriter/bass-player/keyboard player, the legendary Adny Shernoff was coming up to Ontario for a small tour, presenting a show called When Giants Walked The Earth – A Musical Memoir By Andy Shernoff.

Andy Shernoff coming to town, stop.

Our operators got on the Internet machine, and in a few hours Mr. Shernoff graciously agreed to be interviewed.  The Research Team delved into an intense eleven minute Google search and read potential half-truths and lies about the subject, and prepared questions.   They reported back that Adny had actually become a wine connoisseur.  Aha!  Now that old lyric made sense.  Thirty-five years ago Andy Shernoff must have had a tiny seed in the back of his mind that eventually sprouted into a love of wine;  from rock star to oenophile.  So after sending our initial list of questions to Andy (hey, we don’t need any “gotcha” moments in our interviews;  we like our friends to be prepped;  ‘spect, yo) we added one more:  “Andy, years ago you wrote that “I won’t be happy, ’til I’ve known foreign wine, with my face of the cover of the TV Guide.”  So Andy, are ya happy?”   Andy writes back, confirming our schedule and arrangement and adds “By the way, the lyric is actually “I won’t be happy, ’til I’m known far and wide…”   Oh.  35 year old mystery cleared up;  Pogo director feels like an idiot.

In any case, we urge everyone, idiots or not, to catch When Giants Walked The Earth (times and places below.)  At least thats what we think its called.

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