Thank you to my fellow WFMU DJs Fabio + Monica for bringing the late, great New York night-life DJ, Anita Sarko to my attention. I’m gutted to have only learned about Anita upon the news of her death (she committed suicide at the age of 68), but I spent an entire morning watching her dish out words of wisdom and wisecracks on various YouTube clips and reading remembrance pieces by her loved ones. This one by Michael Musto is especially touching. And this piece in the New York Times ends with a devastating quote by her friend, Chuck Nanney:

“Anybody in a club situation where they were at the top of the heap — if they showed any weakness or vulnerability, people would be really fickle and abandon you,” Mr. Nanney said. “That seems intrinsic to a certain part of New York — always having to keep on your game face, never show any signs of weakness. And that breaks my heart.”

Another friend compared her to Teri Garr in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, whose character I have such an affinity for (After Hours being one of my favorite films of all-time). I read that Anita Sarko used to love spinning “Incense & Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, so I played it as a tribute to her on the “Boom Bang-A-Bang” episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom” along with a dreamy new single by Swedish duo, Niki & the Dove, Turkish songstress Selda’s brain-piercing “Ince Ince,” Elli Greenwich disguised as Kellie Douglas doing ‘Big Honky Baby,” a punchy punky newbie called “Cataract” by the Dirty Ghosts, Gypsy Lee Rose’s verrrrrry cheeky “I Haven’t A Thing To Wear,” and so many many more.

Listen to the “Boom Bang-A-Bang” episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom” here:

RIP, Anita Sarko.



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