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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.

Your pretty face is going to Hell
Cardboard Brains;  photo by Vince Carlucci Former Cardboard Brains guitar-slinger Vince Carlucci‘s got stuff in a gallery!  “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” is a collection of pretty pics he took from 1977 to 1980.   Artists include Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Deborah Harry, Patti Smith, John Cale, The Viletones, Teenage Head, The Ugly, Cardboard Brains, The Ramones, ...
Music to get beaten up by
Cover of the book by Maria Raha “Cinderella punks” is the phrase The Existers’ George Higton used to describe  the recent resurgence of first-wave punks.   We can only report what’s been going on in Toronto the past couple of years — new material by The Scenics and The Existers;  rereleases by Simply Saucer and The Mods;  old material redux by Teenage Head;  live recordings from 1977 by The Viletones ...
Role Call
After almost four years of shooting for The Last Pogo Jumps Again, here’s a list of all the local bands from the specific era September 24 1976 to December 1 1978 that we’ve represented in the film:    The Androids,  Arson, The Battered Wives, The B-Girls, The Cads, Cardboard Brains, Crash Kills Five, The Curse, The Dents, The Demics, The Diodes, Drastic Measures, The Existers, The Fits, Forgotten Rebels, The Government, ...
More Buildings about Food and Songs, Part One
The B-movie Caged Heat was shown often at Gary Topp’s The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre in Toronto in the mid-seventies.  Written and directed by Jonathon Demme, with an original score by John Cale.   Demme would go on to direct (among many films), The Talking Heads‘ concert film Stop Making Sense. John Cale would play the New Yorker (Gary Topp‘s new venue) theatre in February of 1977, fanning the flames that ...
The Cosy Brown Snow of the East
Everyone’s getting busy with the Kwanza/Hannukuh/Christmas (pick-your-own-pagan-holiday) season getting started, so we won’t be posting very often over the next few weeks.   But it’s not like we’re not doing anything.  Far from it, dear blog readers.  Far fucking from it. Left Coast Second Unit Director (L.A. Division) Amy Bellings is on the case, getting ready to chat with graphic artist/photographer Rodney Bowes on the beach in Los Angeles, and find out ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again’s Fucked Up
Pink Eyes gives the one-finger salute to some band he doesn’t like.  Photo Kire Paputts Fucked Up‘s Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham spent an hour being interviewed for The Last Pogo Jumps Again in one of his favourite hang-outs, used vinyl store Hit’s ‘n’ Misses.  Waxing poetic about the influence of first-wave punk and raving about the Toronto bands that inspired him — The Viletones, The Diodes & more —  he was ...
Trying to chew my head.
Johnny MacLeod by The Awesome Ross Taylor. Happy Thanksgiving (for our Canadian pals.) The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts spent a few hours last Thursday interviewing the song-writing team of Johnny MacLeod and Harri Palm from the original most excellent first-wave new-wave punky-doodle band Johnny & The G-Rays.   M.I.A. was drummer Bent Rasmussen (now teaching diving and Ingis in Thailand) and bass-player Robert G.
Einer, zwei, drei, vier!
Kat Citroen, touring her art show in Germany with husband Richard Citroen (ex-drummer boy of The Diodes) sent us these pics from the Ramones Museum in Berlin.  Kat promises to bring The Last Pogo Jumps Again crew a Ramones Museum bumper sticker to adorn the Pogomobile.  Heil, ho!
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