Originally consisting of producers and DJ's Carlos "Charlie Babie" Rosario and Manfred "Manny" Mohr, the two later received help by friends Jonathan "JJ" Flores and Onofrio Lollino, who did some of their remixes. The artist name comes from the band members simply both having twenty fingers on their hands together.
On August 31, 1994 the group released their first single "Short Dick Man," featuring vocalist and rapper Gillette on Zoo Entertainment/SOS Records from their debut album On The Attack and More, 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.
The single, which involved a woman mocking the size of a man's penis, was also released in a clean version replacing the words "short dick" with "short 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.
20 Fingers released their debut studio album "On the Attack and More" in Poland and Germany. All the eleven songs on this album have been recorded with Gillette on guest vocals, except one song, their second single called "Lick It", which featured vocals of singer Roula. Their second single was another success in Europe and in clubs all around the world, which reached #48 in the same chart.
In many other selected countries such as Brazil, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, Portugal, Chile, South Korea or the U.S., the album has been released as Gillette's solo debut album with a similar front cover art, retitled "On the Attack", the same eleven song track list with Gillette and excluding the eleventh song "Lick It." The duo scored another hit with their third and fourth singles "Mr. Personality" and "You're a Dog" with moderate success respectively, both with Gillette on featured vocals. In Germany and Poland, the two latter mentioned single releases were still credited under "20 Fingers feat. Gillette", while in the other countries as "Gillette". 20 Fingers also produced Max-A-Million's debut album "Take Your Time".
In 1995, the group released their second self-titled studio album, called "20 Fingers" worldwide (or retitled simply as "L'Album" in France), which unlike the first album had the peculiarity of featuring different vocalists for almost every song. Next to all new original material, this album also consisted of three previously released 20 Fingers singles ("Short Dick Man," "Lick It", a remix of "Mr. Personality" called "Ugly") and two previously released Max-A-Million-produced singles "Take Your Time" and "Fat Boy." Other songs from their album were released as singles, credited only under the name of the featured vocalist, such as Nerada's "Position #9", Dania's "She Won't Know", Rochelle's "Praying for an Angel" and "Holding on to Love" or A' Lisa B's "I'm in Love".
The fact that all previous 20 Fingers singles, whether in their original or remixed form, are included on this album, it has been sometimes considered a compilation album and has been released under the title "The Best of 20 Fingers" in Asia. Their fifth single "Sex Machine" featuring singer Katrina (Roxanne Dawn) as well as (Camille Alvey) was released in 1995, which was another club hit but did not sell as well as its predecessors.
(Max-A-Million's follow up third and fourth singles "Sexual Healing" and "Everybody's Groovin'" are also produced by 20 Fingers.)
A "Megamix" of their first three hits was also released as a single in France only, titles "Megamix Explosion". When Dancefloor and Eurodance became less popular since 1996, no single releases have been released under the 20 Fingers artist name and went on hiatus as a group for continuing producing music in the background and solo careers. Babie remixed songs from Donna Lori, Soundmaster T and Natalie Hagan under the names "Charlie" and "Charlie Babie", while Mohr is writing songs for other artists. In 1996, 20 Fingers produced Gillette's second solo album "Shake Your Money Maker" and its 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. In 1996, Mohr and Babie wrote and produced the single "Push, Push" for Katrina.
In 2000, Babie continued remixing songs from Destiny's Child and their band members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland or Anastacia under the names "CB2000" and "Charlie's Nu Soul". Mohr and Babie wrote the song "Someone To Love Me" for singer La Rissa. In 2000, Mohr and Babie 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. In 2002 and 2003, Mohr and Babie wrote and produced the singles "Someone To Love" and "Gifted" for singers Angelina and Eyra Gail.
Musically 20 Fingers are known for their monoton and 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 of the guest singers are very simple and catchy arranged, which made them famous. Lyrically they don't always follow a traditional verse-chorus structure such as in "Short Dick Man" or "Putang Ina Mo" with minimalistic vocals and often use simple repeatings such as "Bum, ba da da da da" ("Lick It"), "Barara bum bum bum" ("Sex Machine"), "Eeny, weeny, teeny, weeny" or "Don't, Don't, Don't, Do Do, Don't, Don't, Don't" ("Short Dick Man"), which led the songs to high recognition. The lyrics were distinguished by their humorous or risque lyrics, often sexually explicit including moaning, such as in their singles and "Position #9", similar to fellow Europop groups as E-Rotic, which often led the songs to get controversial. Especially the first single "Short Dick Man", which involves a woman mocking the size of a man's penis, was later released in a clean version replacing the word "dick" with "short", with also a retitled censored title "Short Short Man". "Lick It" had both edited and unedited versions released as well. That is why 20 Fingers releases often have a Parental Advisory warning label. Their lyrics are sung in English, Spanish and Tagalog ("Putang Ina Mo").1995: Max-A-Million – "Take Your Time"
1996: Gillette – "Shake Your Money Maker"
1994: Max-A-Million – "Fat Boy"
1995: Max-A-Million – "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
1995: Max-A-Million – "Sexual Healing"
1995: Max-A-Million – "Everybody's Groovin'"
1996: Katrina – "Push, Push"
1996: Gillette – "Shake Your Money Maker"
1996: Gillette – "Do Fries Go With That Shake?"
1997: Gillette – "Bounce"
2000: Gillette – "Sex Tonight"
2000: La Rissa – "Someone To Love Me"
2002: Eyra Gail – "Someone To Love"
2003: Angelina – "Gifted"
1994: "Short Dick Man" (feat. Gillette)
1995: "Lick It" (feat. Roula)
1995: "Mr. Personality" (feat. Gillette)
1995: "Sex Machine" (feat. Katrina)