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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.

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Today The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978‘s left coast director Tristan Orchard sat down for a couple of hours with Joey Keithley, a.k.a. Joey Shithead of D.O.A. and Sudden Death Records fame.

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The Skulls’ 1977 fanzine Drones;  courtesy D.O.A., from Imants Krumins’ archives.

The focus of the interview was Joey’s pre D.O.A. band The Skulls, and the time they spent in Toronto in late ’77, early ’78.   A few more days in the puzzle of The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.

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Click on the Sudden Death Records link on the right and buy this very cool DVD.

The first gig they got was playing to a completely unappreciative audience at the Yonge Street shit-hole The Gasworks, the gig got by Goddo’s Greg Godovitz.  The played the Bill “The Count” Cork’s Shock Theatre, and David’s on St. Nicholas Lane.   After a few months in Toronto, they headed back to B.C., broke up, and soon after D.O.A. was born.

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Joey walks the walk and talks the talk.   He didn’t come out of art school or off the streets;  he went to university aiming to be a civil rights lawyer, but got seduced and sidetracked by music and took another course.

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