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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.

33 1/3
We’re now 33 1/3 of the way through the mix of The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  Mixmaster Daniel Pellerin and co-designer Alexander Aslund are twisting knobs as they head-bop to Teenage Head and The Viletones.  Again, we can’t say how cool it is to finally see our film on a big screen with big sound. The Last Pogo Collection Agency took the opportunity of being in the ...
The Scenics, photo by Rodney Bowes Diodes, photo by Ralph Alfonso Viletones
The Fourth Terrabyte
No, no no — not the 9th Configuration, the 4th Terrabyte. As post-production ramps up at Pogo H.Q., the hard-drive holding 300+ hours of interviews and archival footage started humming a not so happy tune, and so we instantly despatched a beleaguered p.a. to pick up a massive 4 terrabyte external drive for some back-up.  Safety first, beauty last, financial responsibility a distant third. No, no no — ...
Vice. And versa.
When former Viletone Steven Leckie took to the stage at The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash at the Horseshoe Tavern back in 2008, he told the audience (to paraphrase via shoddy memory) that he could “…quote more lines from A Clockwork Orange than things my father told me.” In one of the three interviews we did with Leckie for our soon-to-be-completed project The Last Pogo Jumps Again, ...
Never Mind the Bollocks
Sigh.  It turns out the Paul Cook we met on Facebook isn’t the Paul Cook who drummed for the Sex Pistols, and to avoid any further rumours,  Toronto Paul Cook photoshopped the above nifty graphic, clearly stating his case.   The Last Pogo Jumps Again Due Diligence Department will now launch a full-scale investigation confirming or denying other supposed Facebook pals such as King Kong, Martin Luther King Jr., and Viletone ...
Facebook Sex Pistol Paul Cook digs our blog
Courtesy the punkpaper.free.fr Lucasta Ross plays with Steven Leckie & The Solutions! at the Last Pogo 30th bash December 2008; photo by Edie Steiner Lucasta and the rest of the B-Girls in 1977;  photo by Rodney Bowes The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts is busying himself prepping his short film, but still has time to track down and interview more of the folks we need for our sprawling documentary.  Last week ...
Extra extra, read all about it!
September 24 1976.   The Toronto Star’s Peter Goddard looks forward to the “undistinguished band from the Queen’s area in New York…” September 26, 1976.  Peter Goddard likes the Ramones. Someone takes out an ad in the Toronto Star, November 1 1976. The Sex Pistols swear on TV, December 10, 1976. Steven Leckie takes out an ad in the Toronto Star classifieds, December 11 1976. Patti Smith plays Toronto;  local media are not impressed.  December ...
Typical Grrrls
Photo by the amazing Rodney Bowes that warrants more than an italicized sub-title Now, that’s what I call a fucking photograph: The Curse’s Mickey Skin sporting her lobotomy scar;  Dr. Bourque cosying up to Sam Ferrara;  Trixie Danger;  Deborah “Blondie” Harry, The Diodes’ Paul Robinson;  to the right of Blondie, Patsy Poison and The Diodes’/Secrets‘ John Hamilton. Highaperture.com Today the Pogomobile loaded up co-directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic and descended on a ...
Sit on my Facebook
So, does that song sound familiar?  Yup, the iconic Viletones tune “Possibilities” as performed by Nirvana (i.e. that 90’s band that sounded like any number of bands back in the late seventies.  But I guess we can’t diss Kurt too much if he had such good taste.)   The Diodes’ John Catto found this on his Internet machine, and turned us on to it via Facebook.    Peter Noble chimed ...
Release the hounds
A phrase that could mean different things for different people (and I mean you!)  Suffice to say, here at Pogo H.Q. we’re ramping up all of our work on The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and hope to picture lock this winter, and then go through the grueling post-production phase and get this sucker out there in 2010. While co-director Brunton makes his yearly pilgrimage to Indian Head, Saskatchewan, directing and editing ...
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