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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.

I Like Living in Scarborough (or why I don’t live there)
It’s awesome that we get stuff like this sent to us;  courtesy Rusty Longtrucks a.k.a. Rusty Chambers a.k.a. Mel Torment a.k.a. Evan Siegel Yea, well maybe a hacker got to us, maybe they didn’t:  The Pogo I.T. department have their hammers and blowtorches out and are in fix-it mode;  Pogo Cyber  Detectives are tracking down the IP address of the hacker; the authorities have been notified.
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.
In the Summer
Image from daymix.com Pogo H.Q. is abuzz with activity as the editing continues, the last interviews are lined up, and the staff and crew are scheming up what sort of April Fool’s Prank they can pull.  Will we announce that The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 will now be released in 3-D?  Will we blog ...
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 ...
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