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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.

Prayin’ to Elvis on my knees…

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Deal with the Devil;  copyright Kim Northrop.  Check out his art at kimnorthrop.com

A year after interviewing the Topp half of The Garys, we’ve now chatted with the other half, sexy man-beast Cormier.   Gary had tons of interesting stuff to say on the partnership with Gary Topp and their years at the New Yorker and Horseshoe Tavern and The Edge and punk and rock and roll.

Coming up this week is an interview with Johnny Garbagecan, the late Mike Nightmare’s right-hand man, confidante and partner-in-crime, as well as a boardroom chat with Mods‘ drummer (and The Last Pogo Jumps Again’s legal counsel) David Quinton.   Apart from yer basic rock ‘n’ roll smarts and amazing history, Davids been a huge help with some of the legals we’ve had to deal with (and with any luck, he won’t have to spring into action later this week on our behalf to deal with a certain you-know-who.  I mean, really dude, can’t we just get along?)

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The B-Girls at the Beach;  photo copyright/courtesy of Rodney Bowes.

Later on this weekend we’re talking to Cynthia Ross of The B-Girls, and then we’re hoping to get all of  The Curse together in an estrogen explosion of atomic proportions, and then…we’ll see.  There’s always someone else we can talk to who can help fill in the blanks. So while co-director Kire Paputts interviews and cuts, co-director Aldo Erdic cuts some of the footage from The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash, co-director Brunton is out in Indian Head, Saskatchewan coordinating archival footage and stuff, and looking forward to seeing Alan Zweig’s footage of Yonge Street circa 1978;  we can’t get enough of those mullets!  Let’s hope there’s a glimpse of The GasworksHey-o!

(Pogo H.Q. got a sneak listen to Sunshine World by The Scenics, their CD of remastered songs from 1977.  Along with what you might call their hits, there’s great covers of Tommy James’ Mony, Mony (which, until you actually hear them sing the words mony, mony, you wouldn’t know what song it was;  it made us laugh out loud — thats LOL for the digi-gen) and The Kinks’  Where Have All The Good Times Gone.   More on that later, gotta go to work!)

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