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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.

That Ancient Teenage Dream

Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain.”
The Dadaists in the 1920’s turned the artworld on its head by doing stuff like turning urinals on their end and calling it Art.
The Velvet Underground 1966; John Cale in the foreground.
“And there would go the secret plot, the piss had missed the hole in the pot, like that ancient teenage dream, from soul to poisoned soul to poisoned soul,” so sang John Cale post Velvet Underground, pre-CBGBs.
In Toronto, Viletones‘ lead singer Steven Leckie promised to kill himself on stage at Club Davids on Hallowe’en 1977. Pogo director Colin Brunton captured much of the performance (as well as The Ugly, Wayne Brown pretending to hang himself, and the infamous Mr. Shit eating a goober off of a friend’s hand) for the short film Bollocks that he made with Elizabeth Aikenhead and Patrick Lee; said footage to be recycled for the new movie. “I’ll be dead by the time you see this film,” Leckie said directly to the camera when we interviewed him last summer for The Last Pogo Jumps Again. “When the Viletones played CBGBs in 1977, he promised to kill himself then too, but he didn’t follow through,” said Punk Magazine co-founder John Holmstrom.
Hugo Ball; 1916.
Dada represented the least inhibited challenge one could imagine to the ideology underlying bourgeois culture and art: it was anti-patriotic, anti-aesthetic, and anti-conventional in the extreme. It was also, in principle, against permanence, yet, paradoxically, it left a legacy of enduring works.” Ooh la la! That’s what something called the French Literature Companion said.
“All I got out of it was a headache,” said CBC personality Hana Gartner in 1977 when she listened to Teenage Head. Lead singer Frankie Venom could only shrug and grin. Thirty years later kids were still going to Teenage Head shows, and Gartner continued her long slog towards a comfortable CBC pension .
Man Ray 1922

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