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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.

Ross Taylor pics
All of the following photos were done by Ross Taylor, and all taken between 1976 and 1980, and they’re all copyright.  First one above is The Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome with the Viletones’ Steven Leckie.  Cheetah is the only non-local featured in our feature doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again, because The Dead Boys played in Toronto a lot and Cheetah is awesome.
“Its all killer, no filler.”
Poster by artist Rick Trembles Even with our very limited exposure to date (two cast ‘n’ crew screenings;  World Premiere at Canadian Music Week), we’ve done well with reviewers. In Mechanical Forest Sound, blogger Joe said:  “A true labour of love, this film is a worthy testament to a brief spurt of under-documented and under-appreciated history.”  Sarah Gopaul, posting in Digital Journel:  ” More than just ...
And that’s a wrap.
Picture My Face
The late, great Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr of Hamilton’s Teenage Head.  Photo credit unknown. Steven Leckie of The Viletones swings a chain.  Copyright Ross Taylor 2012 Mike Nightmare of The Ugly gets doused with a stubby.  Copyright Dan Huziak 2012 Steven Leckie draped over Freddy Pompeii, both of The Viletones.  Copyright Gail Bryck 2012. Mickey De Sadist and The Forgotten Rebels.
Imants Krumins
There’s not much we can add to the stuff that Gary Pig Gold wrote in the above article, except that Imants was a great help to our project, tirelessly answering emails and digging up obscure handbills about obscure bands.  He sadly passed away this summer.  We managed to interview him as well, back in the early (read 2007) days of our project, but frankly, he was a little ...
RIP Frankie Venom
Commemorative poster courtesy Gord Lewis and Teenage head. Three years ago today, Teenage Head lead-singer Frankie Venom passed away.  Here’s the post we wrote that day.  RIP Frank. —————— “It is with great sadness that Gord Lewis of Teenage Head announces the tragic passing earlier today of Canadian icon Frank Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, of natural causes.” So said a spokesperson at Sonic Unyon Records today.
That Ancient Teenage Dream
Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain.” The Dadaists in the 1920’s turned the artworld on its head by doing stuff like turning urinals on their end and calling it Art. The Velvet Underground 1966; John Cale in the foreground. “And there would go the secret plot, the piss had missed the hole in the pot, like that ancient teenage dream, from soul to poisoned soul to poisoned soul,” so sang John Cale post ...
Pretty Bad Boy
On-line memorabilia traders Molten Core gave us a bootleg of the first Ramones show in Toronto — the precise moment the time-line our project The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incompleat History of Toronto Hamilton London Ontario Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 to December 1 1978, Part One — starts. Randy Johnston had had the incredible foresight to interview people in the audience that night (September 24, 1976) ...
Francis Hannah Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, 1957 – 2008
Frankie Venom;  photo copyright Ross Taylor It was one year ago today that Teenage Head’s Frankie Venom died.  Here’s a re-post of the blog we wrote that night. ——————————————————————————————— “It is with great sadness that Gord Lewis of Teenage Head announces the tragic passing earlier today of Canadian icon Frank Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, of natural causes.” So said a spokesperson at Sonic Unyon Records today. According to news reports Frankie found out he had ...
Love, love, love.
Kire Paputts and assistant editors on break It’s hard to grasp how huge and — dare we say it? — important the whole Toronto/Southern Ontario punk scene circa 1976 – 1978 was until you’ve taken a couple of hundred hours of footage and tried to sum it all up in an hour and a half to two hours.  Hey-o! With The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director/editor Kire Paputts in Toronto filling in ...
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