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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.

What’s time to a pig?

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A pig farmer is showing off his farm to a visitor.  He points out a huge pig, glowing with health, lounging in the corner of his stall (which was, frankly, a pigsty, hyuk hyuk hyuk.)  The visitor asks him why the pig looks so much better than the others.  “Well,” said the farmer, “This here’s my favourite.  I feed the other pigs plain old slop, but this one’s going to be a prize-winning pig, and I treat her right.  So what I do every morning is walk her out to the apple orchard.  We search the trees for only the freshest apples — I won’t feed her one that’s bruised or wormy — and we go like this from tree to tree to tree until she’s finally full.”   The visitor was stunned.  “Uh…doesn’t that take an awfully long time?”  The farmer chuckled and shrugged his shoulders.   “What’s time to a pig?!”

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Which is a long way of saying that The Last Pogo Jumps Again has become a bit of pig;  we’ve been feeding her goodies since June 2006, and she’s getting nice and fat — but soon it will be time for the slaughter when we chop her portly four-hour length in half,  killing babies and moving on.  (“Killing babies” is a term editors and filmmakers use when they have to edit out parts that are great but just not what the doctor ordered.)

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Odds & sods: we grabbed a noisy interview with Walter Lure (of The Heartbreakers & Waldo fame) at Sneaky Dees last night; he was backed by Teenage Head’s Steve Mahon and Gord Lewis, with Battered Blue Screwed drummer Cleave Anderson, and Steve Saint helping out on vocals;  Alex Topp sat in and played keyboards for openers New York Junk, featuring home-town beauty queen and former B-Girl Cynthia Ross…the cut line for The Last Pogo Jumps Again is going to be “A Biased and Incomplete History of Toronto/Hamilton/London, Ontario Punk Rock from September 24, 1976 to December 1, 1978”….

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Discovered a new blogger called Son of Spam who blogged a story about John-Paul Young and The Cardboard Brains in Model Citizen Zero Discipline, and added them to the links…Andy Ramesh Meyers continues his Saturday night radio show from 7 to 9 on cfsi-fm.com, and ponders the five date tour coming up with his band The Scenics…spoke to Nash the Slash yesterday to confirm that he got his name from Laurel & Hardy‘s short film Do Detectives Think?;  after noodling on the ‘net for a bit, the Pogo Research & Development Department discovered that it was actually a narrator of a 1960’s compilation of Laurel & Hardy movies who may have erroneously called the character Nash the Slash; our researchers discovered that the character’s name was actually called The Tipton Slasher;   we’ve since been in contact with a Laurel and Hardy expert who is trying to find out what the deal is…

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The Tipton Slasher (a.k.a. Nash the Slash);  photographer unknown.

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