Chandler's music often evokes joy, but his breakthrough track, "Get It Off," was born from despair. It was dedicated to Chandler's girlfriend at the time, Tracy Jones, who was raped and murdered outside the legendary New Jersey venue Club Zanzibar. The tragedy upended Chandler's life—the couple were supposed to get married.
"Get It Off" celebrated Jones's love of house music—she often showed Chandler music before anyone else—while also being a cathartic exercise. The hook repeating the track's title was Chandler's attempt to expel the tragedy from his mind. One refrain—"You are so vicious"—was for the murderer. The sound of a needle being ripped from the vinyl, a sample later copied in countless house records, represented a life being ripped away. Chandler's willingness to pour intense emotion into his music was key to his rise. It's remarkable that his earliest tracks had these traits from the get-go. Somehow dark yet uplifting, "Get It Off" is house at its bare-bones best.
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