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Anyone has heard this?

"And now live from Toronto" The Toronto Punk/Indie scene as it was two nights in December 1978, with The Ugly, The Secrets (post-Viletones), Cardboard Brains, The Scenics The Mods, Ishan Band, The Everglades and Drastic Measures (both bands post-Dishes).

Amenaza Elegante, Friday, 23 May 2008 14:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard this, but this guy would like to take issue with the thread title.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 23 May 2008 14:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

He am serious Pogo.

Mark G, Friday, 23 May 2008 14:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

That he am.

I don't know any of the bands listed above, but I do like some of the Viletones' stuff. This is probably worth a listen. No Dishrags? Or weren't they from Toronto I can't remember.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 23 May 2008 14:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

Saw this for the first time tonight, an expanded version (The Last Pogo Jumps Again, almost three hours) that came out a few years ago. The original footage is mixed in with lots of recent interview footage and a scattershot retelling of the whole era.

I missed that era by two or three years: like any true small-town kid, I discovered punk in 1979 and started seeing second- and third-hand version of some of these bands. Documentaries that try to capture a moment are probably all more or less a lie--people exaggerate, they forget, they're out to settle scores--and, because life continues on past that moment, they're also almost always a little depressing. This throws in some requisite Canadian self-deprecation and identity issues, as people try to figure out why these bands never broke out of Toronto.(Teenage Head and the Diodes did, to a degree.) I thought the smartest commentary came from Ralph Alfonso, Cynthia Ross, John Hamilton, and the guy from the Mods who ended up as an entertainment lawyer. Steven Leckie's self-aggrandizing meandering was met with lots of derision. (Speaking of scores to settle, a certain part of the three-quarters full theatre seemed to have first-hand involvement with the story; there was lots of annoying talking back to the screen, which thankfully I could block out because they had the volume sufficiently loud.)

Song I should've known but didn't: the Curse's "Shoeshine Boy," about the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques.

clemenza, Sunday, 2 December 2018 06:57 (five months ago) Permalink

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