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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.

Suzanne Naughton’s An Afternoon at New Rose
Filmmaker Suzanne Naughton let us use footage from her short film An Afternoon at New Rose for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  New Rose was the clothing/record store/hangout that fashion designer Margarita Passion started in 1977, when Margarita was the girlfriend of Viletone/Secrets’ Freddy Pompeii.  The pic above is a screen shot of Suzanne with then-boyfriend Bruce Pirrie. The idea for the store came about ...
Gail Bryck photos
When Gail Bryck took photos, she’d use a long exposure.  This is a shot of The Viletones’ Steven Leckie showing off his scars — and an unfortunate glimpse of a swastika patch on guitarist Freddy Pompeii. Zero4’s Zero with innkeeper of the 404 speak-easy, Gambi Bowker.  It’s as shocking now — if not more so than it was — to see how blithely people sported swastikas.  This ...
Good Girls like Bad Boys
Here’s a page from an issue of the old Pig Paper, featuring an ad for the original The Last Pogo, as well as the news that B-Girl Cynthia Ross married Dead Boys Stiv Bators.  Courtesy of our friend Gary Pig Gold.  Find more back issues right around here. As regards the ad?  There were three changes from the original ad up to show time.  Nash the ...
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.
Talk is Cheap
We thoroughly enjoyed a read of Keith Richards‘ autobiography Life in between making notes on the (currently) five-and-a-half-hour version of The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978. Whoa!  Canadianish Sally Fields takes on fifteen guys at once.  Choo-choo! One thing we found interesting was how often Toronto was mentioned ...
Johnny Garbagecan; photo courtesy Nora Currie Oh, more on Johnny and Nora later.
The Last Pogo: Just like The Last Waltz, but with different bands
Chris Haight at the screening of The Last Pogo at NXNE, June 2008. We’re making plans to get The Last Pogo out on DVD by December 1 this year, the 30th anniversary. Since the original Pogo is but a scant (yet action-packed and aurally exciting) half-hour, we’re going to beef up the DVD to a full two hours with “extras” and a couple of “easter eggs”.
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