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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.

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 ...
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 ...
Lux Interior, R.I.P. The way he walked was just the way he walked.
It’s been a rotten few months in the world of old-skool punk.  In October, Teenage Head singer Frankie Venom died from throat cancer;  in January, Stooges’ guitarist Ron Asheton passed away from a heart attack, and today Lux Interior, frontman of ground-breaking psychobilly punk rockers The Cramps died in an L.A. hospital from a pre-exisiting heart problem.  His wife and original guitarist Poison Ivy issued a statement today. We here at ...
Stuff we did in 2008
Greg Trinier of The Mods;  1978 & 2008;  photos Edie Steiner As the DVD release of The Last Pogo (Toronto Punk 1978) continues to make its way to indie record stores across the globe, we’re on the last stretch of our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again. Directors Colin Brunton, Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic, with the help of a ton of people, not the least being Gary Topp, David Quinton, ...
I’ll take today, you take tomorrow
Teenage Head/Last Pogo display at Dr. Disc’s in The Hammer It’s been a busy week since the passing of iconic Teenage Head frontman Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr.  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and now the dust is settling.   No word yet on any official tributes, but once we know, you’ll know. Pogo H.Q. cut a cheque for Frankie’s children today (and we urge you to do the same;  details in the ...
Francis Hannah Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, 1957 – 2008
Steve Mahon and Frankie Venom at The Last Pogo, 1978 “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 throat cancer about a month ago.  He was able to spend Thanksgiving weekend with his family before ...
Teenage Head; Headstones; head shots
Heavily influenced by Hamilton’s Teenage Head, actor/musician Hugh Dillon fronted the Headstones, became an actor and got head-shots made, and now as one of the leads in the new TV series Flashpoint, makes head shots of another kind as he plays a sniper for a fictitious Toronto swat team. And if that ain’t enough to keep a fella busy, Hugh also fronts his band The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir.
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