Sandra Gillette (born Sandra Navarro Gillette in September 16, 1974), better known by just her surname and stage name Gillette, is an occasional American dance and hip hop artist, rapper and actress.
Life and career:
1974-94: Early life and "Short Dick Man":
She was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother and Mexican father and grew up in Chicago and Houston, singing and rapping her way through the 1990s. Sandra Gillette graduated from Romeoville High School in 1992. In August 31, 1994, Gillette released, alongside producers 20 Fingers, their first single "Short Dick Man" on Zoo Entertainment/SOS Records, which was controversial. The tune was a global success, particularly in France where it was a number one hit for three weeks. It peaked the top 5 in several European countries such as Italy and Germany also reached the top ten in other countries, including Austria, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia. It also reached number 14 in the U.S. and was considered a club success there. This single, which involves a woman mocking the size of a man's penis, was also released in a clean version replacing the word "dick" with "short", which was also released under the censored title "Short Short Man" in the UK and several other countries. This new version, remixed by Strike, reached #11, whereas the original only reached #21 in the UK Singles Chart in 1994. Mohr told the Los Angeles Times that the point of the song was to attract attention. "We figured there were all these songs by men bashing women and treating women like sex objects. So we decided a song that turned the tables on men might attract some attention". According to Gillette, the point of the song is to "strike back at all the women-bashing songs in pop, especially in rap". The music video images Gillette singing "Short Dick Man" or "Short Short Man" on a beach alternate with those of a brawny man performing a photo session.
1994-99: "On the Attack" and "Shake Your Money Maker":
After that massive global success of "Short Dick Man" the producers of 20 Fingers decided to release a full Gillette solo album, called "On the Attack" in Brazil, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, Portugal, Chile, South Korea, U.S. and other selected countries, while in Poland and Germany, they released it as a 20 Fingers debut studio album, still credited as "20 Fingers feat. Gillette", retitled "On the Attack and More", an altered cover art and a bonus track. 20 Fingers continued to release the singles "Mr. Personality" and "You're a Dog" under the name "20 Fingers feat. Gillette" in Poland and Germany, while as Gillette solo releases everywhere else. In 1996, Gillette released her second studio album Shake Your Money Maker, again fully produced by 20 Fingers, and it's three single releases "Do Fries Go With That Shake?", "Bounce" and "Shake Your Money Maker" in 1996 and 1997. The album and the three singles didn't chart well.
2000-Present: "Did I Say That?" and Peekaboo Revue:
In 2000, 20 Fingers wrote and produced the song "Sex Tonight" of Gilette's third solo album "Did I Say That", which was the first and only release out of the album and became a minor club hit in th U.S. Gillette was cast in several independent films and in 2004, she co-founded a Cabaret group called the Peekaboo Revue. After a year of performances, the group eventually went their own ways. Gillette has been retired from rapping and acting ever since.
Musically, through the productions of 20 Fingers, Gillette's music is known for her monoton, heavy beats, sounds and melodies. They mix dance with hip hop, pop, rock, rap and europop, which was popular in Europe, Oceania and South America in the 1990s. The vocals are very simple and catchy arranged. Lyrically her songs don't always follow a traditional verse-chorus structure such as in "Short Dick Man" with minimalistic vocals and often use simple repeatings such as "Eeny, weeny, teeny, weeny" or "Don't, Don't, Don't, Do Do, Don't, Don't, Don't", which led her songs to high recognition. The lyrics were distinguished by her humorous or risque lyrics, often sexually explicit including moaning, which often led the songs to get controversial. That is why Gillette releases often have a Parental Advisory warning label.
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