And now live from Toronto – The Last Pogo.
This is a 1978 Canadian punk compilation recorded live over two days at the famous Toronto venue The Horseshoe. I don’t know too much about the history of the Horshoe, I was there once last year, but clips from the bands talking seem to indicate that it was going to be closed down and that this recording was a farewell show.
I’m not a collector of punk music and I do not know much about the genre. I found this record in a bookstore and thought my friend, who is in ska band, would like it. When I got home and put the needle down I was totally floored. There are a wide range of styles on this compilation, which even included a reggae band. My favorites being the Drastic Measures’ proto-pogues-polka Flowers, The Secrets’ wicked cover of Shout, and the high-energy band The Ugly’s All Because Of You.
The record came with a sleeve that had some nice pictures from the venue. See below.
Artists on the compilation: The Everglades, The Ugly, Drastic Measures, The Mods, The Secrets, Ishan Band, Cardboard Brains, The Scenics.