Sleezy D. – "I've Lost Control" (1986)
Who, exactly, is Sleezy D.? The man remains an enigma, seeming to have largely vanished off the map after 1986's "I've Lost Control," his most iconic hit. "Sleezy is an actual person," assured Marshall Jefferson, who co-produced "I've Lost Control" under his Virgo alias, in a recent interview with the Quietus. "If you ever met him, you'd never forget him. Oh man, he is… sleazy." "I've Lost Control" features dramatically pitched-down vocals that sound like Darth Vader on a bad day. "I've lost control," the voice intones over and over, while an ominous acid line oscillates in the foreground. "I've Lost Control" foreshadowed many other explorations of losing your mind on the dancefloor — from J.M. Silk's peppy house tune "Let the Music Take Control" in 1987 to DBX's dystopian Detroit classic "Losing Control" in 1994.