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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.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette: “I’m soft…i’m hard…”

Nardwuar with The Evaporators (infront of Gassy Jack!).
Photo courtesy Nardwuar the Human Serviette.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again director on the left coast — Tristan Orchard — spent some time Saturday interviewing Nardwuar the Human Serviette. Good pal of Snoop Dog and The White Stripes and others, and a pest to some (Beck, Alice Cooper), Nardwuar’s talent is his well-researched and quirky interviews with Pop Culture types. Not to diminish his thing as singer/songwriter for venerable B.C. band The Evaporaters, you’ve got to watch some of Nardwuar’s interviews to get it: go to YouTube, punch in “Nardwuar”, and be entertained and impressed for a couple of hours.

Nardwuar was only a little feller in grade school when last pogo’ed in 1978, but he had to be in the new film for a few reasons: he’s a punk rock historian (as a JFK assassination scholar); he looks cool; his band The Evaporaters wrote a song inspired by Last Pogo band The Cardboard Brains; he’s interviewed Teenage Head. And he’s funny and a nice guy.

We’d already gotten some footage of The Evaporaters doing the Cardboard Brains song a year ago, and yesterday we finally synched up our schedules and did the interview proper. Dressed in his Canada suit, Nardwuar gave us his take on all things punk — and then ran around an art gallery reciting verses from said Cardboard Brains song to various people.

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