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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.

2011: See ya later, sucker!
The staff at Pogo H.Q. watched the seventh “fine cut” this afternoon, then had the last production meeting of 2011 to determine the final steps to complete The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978. There’s always picture tweaks that can be made, and we ...
Talks Cheap
Hand-drawn handbill by John Pearson; 1973; courtesy Mark Moore We couldn’t make this movie — The Last Pogo Jumps Again: A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — without the generous help of, well, pretty much everyone who was into the scene, a scene that arguably started in the pot-smokey confines of Gary Topp’s subversive Original 99 Cent Roxy ...
Artists Only
The Scenics’ Andy Meyers’ tale of meeting Ken Badger by artist Gareth Gaudin, Magic Teeth Comics. Copyright Michaele Jordana Berman – Cyborg, 2009.  Photo painting, Epson fine art print 29″ X 32″ From the press release: Michaele Jordana Berman, a multiplatform artist, is a name that many know, perhaps from different contexts, for she has excelled in more than one discipline to memorable effect.
Hey, there’s a new dance down at the club, bub
As we were sharpening our pencils, jotting down ideas for our Easter Monday interview with The Scenics’ Ken Badger, the teletype here at Pogo H.Q. sent us a message from Andy Meyers, who forwarded the jpg you see above.  The Scenics’ dance hit that shoulda woulda coulda been — Do The Wait — is featured along with Simply Saucer’s Return of the Cyborgs Pt.
Punk Haiku
What is Punk Haiku?   Straight off of The Scenics official site: Ken Badger and I started the Scenics in 1976. The band lasted till 1982, and after that, Ken and I only talked every few years- a phone call, a letter… In 2004, Ken mailed me a box of a dozen live Scenics tapes. We had recorded them from 1976-82 in a bunch of Toronto punk dives, and he said “Please, put ...
Sunshine World
They got booed and heckled at their first Toronto gig, opening for Talking Heads in September 1977.    But first-wavers The Scenics are taking another kick at the can after thirty years as they hit the stage of the El Mocambo Tuesday, October 13 to kick off a five date tour in synch with the release of their new CD, Sunshine World.    Seven measly bucks gets you in the door, and ...
Japan’s DOLL Magazine love us long time, baby
Okay, so buy it already.  Twelve bucks.  Canadian! As we continue to shoot and edit The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we thought we’d make a pitch to you, dear reader, to buy a copy of The Last Pogo, the 1978 punk rock doc that has an amazing batting average of .1000 with critics and bloggers.  1000!  That’s like Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth birthing a super-baby — with A-Rod acting ...
The Last Pogo available Canada, U.S., Spain, Japan and France.
Nat Records, Tokyo, Japan Sorry, no time to chat!  Busy looking over a few hundred hours of footage, thinking about the missing pieces of the puzzle that was the punk rock scene in Toronto1976 – 1978, and starting to put together our feature doc THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, schedule to be completed in 2009.   There’s a million details. ———- The Last Pogo (1978) is available at indie record stores in North America, ...
Teenage Indian Head
A busy week for us here in Pogo Headquarters. Artist John Pearson is putting the final touches on a mini-poster for the record stores that’ll be selling The Last Pogo DVD (release date October 14th); Andy Meyers of Allowed Sound Studio in B.C. has finished the “Duophonic” sound mix for the movie; publicist Woody Whelan is lining up a few more interviews — up this ...
Kickin’ ass and takin’ names
The Screwed — Cleave Anderson, John Borra, Steve Koch and Steve Scarlett — continue their almost weekly assault on the senses as they hit Graffiti’s Bar and Grill for a late afternoon shin-dig and hullabaloo this Saturday at 4:00. And if he couldn’t be busier, a couple of months ago Cleave handed over a song he’d written and recorded called The Last Pogo; we’re sure to squeeze it into the ...
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