The Last Pogo
|The Last Pogo|
|Directed by||Colin Brunton
|Produced by||Colin Brunton|
|Edited by||Patrick Lee|
The Last Pogo is a short film made by Colin Brunton in 1978.
Shot in Toronto, at the Horseshoe Tavern, The Last Pogo concert was billed as "the last punk rock concert" in Toronto—at least for that original wave of punkers circa 1977/1978. Named as ironic tribute to "The Last Waltz", the concert film of the final concert by The Band directed by Martin Scorsese. Featuring performances by The Scenics, The Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head, the event also spawned a live recording called And Now Live From Toronto -- The Last Pogo.
Apart from the performances, the highlight of the film was probably the shots of the aftermath, because during the show, a bit of a riot occurred. Brunton's crew was ushered outside by police and firefighters, but the sound recordist stuck it out.
- Teenage Head as Themselves
- The Viletones as Themselves
- The Ugly (punk band) as Themselves
- The Mods (punk band) as Themselves
- The Secrets (Punk Band) as Themselves
- The Cardboard Brains as Themselves
- The Scenics as Themselves
- Margaret Barnes-DelColle as Herself
- Gary Courmier as Himself
- Mickey DeSadist (of the Forgotten Rebels) as Himself
- Gary Topp as Himself
- Members of The Curse (Punk Band) as themselves
The soundtrack album was entitled "And Now Live From Toronto -- The Last Pogo" on Bomb Records and contained some performances that were not included in the film.
1. The Secrets - Teenage Rampage
2. Drastic Measures - Flowers
3. Cardboard Brains - Babies Run My World
4. The Scenics - In The Summer
5. The Scenics - Sunshine World
6. The Mods - Between Four Walls
7. The Everglades - Rock & Roll Cliche
8. The Secrets - Shout (Isley Brothers cover)
9. The Ugly - All Because Of You
10. Ishan Band - Egzebier (Peter Tosh cover)
11. Cardboard Brains - Jungles
12. Drastic Measures - Mr. America
13. The Everglades - I'm In A Coma
14. The Mods - Step Out Tonight
In 2013 Brunton released "The Last Pogo Jumps Again" which was a full-length documentary (200 minutes) about the first wave of punk in Toronto, Hamilton and London, Ontario in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The film contained footage from the original film along with other archival footage of the era as well as contemporary interview footage. Besides the above mentioned bands the film included footage and interviews with The B-Girls (band), Nash The Slash, Johnny and The G-Rays, The Dishes (band), Bob Segarini, Cleave Anderson (of Blue Rodeo), Martha and the Muffins, Rough Trade, The Diodes, The Demics and Simply Saucer among others.
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