Jim Gillette

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Jim Gillette
Birth name James Gillette
Also known as Jimmy Jill, Jim Gillette
Born (1967-11-10) November 10, 1967 (age 46)
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Heavy Metal
Glam metal
Progressive metal
Hard rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1986–Present
Labels JLRG, RLS
Rhino
Associated acts Nitro, Tuff, Michael Angelo Batio, Lita Ford, Slut, Organ Donor

James "Jim" Gillette (born 1967) is an American singer, notable for being the frontman of glam metal band Nitro. Originally a member of the band Tuff, Gillette released a solo album in 1987 and then formed Nitro with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio.

Biography[edit]

Jim Gillette began singing as a teen, having been exposed to heavy metal through a local skating rink. His goal was to have a higher range than Rob Halford. He went through extensive opera training and developed his own method. Jim Gillette started his career in Phoenix, Arizona with a band called Slut. He sang on their demo tape entitled "Perversion for a Price". Jim heard about a band called Tuff that needed a singer, so he immediately auditioned and then joined the band. Tuff released two demos, "Knock Yourself Out", and "J'lamour Demo".

Jim left Tuff to go to Hollywood. At a beach party, he met guitar virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio and they soon formed the band Nitro. Jim and Michael recorded Proud To Be Loud in 1987. Nitro's first live show led to their record deal with Rhino Records.

In 2001, Jim formed Organ Donor with Chris Campise, James Johnson, and Jesse Mendez. Their first album, The Ultra-Violent, which featured Jim Gillette on vocals with guest appearances by his wife Lita Ford, guitarist Michael Angelo, and David Ezrin. Following the release of The Ultra-Violent in 2001, Jim Gillette left the band. Chris Campise took over on vocals and the band recorded Better Off Dead in 2003. The band continues on as a three-piece.

In 2009, Jim appeared as a back-up vocalist and producer on Lita Ford's new album, Wicked Wonderland.

Personal life[edit]

Gillette married singer Lita Ford in 1994. They have two sons, James and Rocco Gillette.

In a March 2011 interview Lita Ford acknowledged that she and Gillette are divorcing. The family was in negotiations for a reality TV show tentatively titled The Gillettes: An Extreme American Family on TLC, but they ended due to the impending divorce.

Selected discography[edit]

with Slut[edit]

  • 1986: Demo (EP)
  1. "Car Sex" – 1:57
  2. "Back to the City" – 2:17
  3. "Dolls of Lust" – 2:22
  4. "Don't Touch My Hat" – 4:13
  5. "Dr. Monster" – 2:23
  6. "He's a Whore" – 2:40
  7. "Lipstick Lover" – 2:29
  8. "Perversion for a Price" – 2:14
  1. "Jimmy Jill" – Lead Singer
  2. "Ttam Silver" – Bassist
  3. "Rich Kid" – Lead Guitarist
  4. "Guy Dolly" – Drummer

with Tuff[edit]

  • 1986: Knock Yourself Out (EP)
  1. "Candy Coated" – 2:45
  2. "Dressed for Dancing" – 2:41
  3. "Forever Yours" – 2:28
  4. "Glamour Girls" – 3:38
  • 1986: J'lamour Demo (EP)
  1. "Bang Bang" – 2:52
  2. "Candy Coated" – 2:45
  3. "Dressed for Dancing" – 2:41
  4. "Forever Yours" – 2:28
  5. "Glamour Girls" – 3:38
  6. "Ooh Aah" – 2:51

Solo[edit]

  • 1987: Proud to Be Loud
  1. "When the Clock Strikes 12" – 4:31
  2. "Head On" – 4:10
  3. "Angel in White" – 4:29
  4. "Flash of Lightning" – 5:00
  5. "Proud to Be Loud" – 4:40
  6. "Never Say Never" – 3:13
  7. "Nitro (Guitar Solo)" – 1:31
  8. "Red Hot Rocket Ride" – 3:55
  9. "Make Me Crazy" – 2:41
  10. "Show Down"4:02
  11. "Mirror Mirror" – 5:33

2003 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Bitch on My Back" – 2:54
  2. "Organ Donor" – 3:35
  3. "Out of Time" – 3:30
  4. "Six Feet Deep" – 2:51
  5. "Dr. Monster" – 2:22

with Nitro[edit]

  1. "Freight Train" – 4:45
  2. "Prisoner of Paradise" – 4:21
  3. "Heaven's Just a Heartbeat Away" – 3:59
  4. "Nasty Reputation" – 4:36
  1. "Long Way from Home LP" – 5:20
  2. "Long Way from Home Single" – 3:52
  1. "Freight Train Single" – 3:55
  1. "Freight Train" – 3:56
  2. "Double Trouble" – 3:59
  3. "Machine Gunn Eddie" – 6:44
  4. "Long Way from Home" – 5:27
  5. "Bring It Down" – 3:10
  6. "Nasty Reputation" – 4:44
  7. "Fighting Mad" – 3:45
  8. "Shot Heard 'Round the World" – 4:07
  9. "O.F.R." – 5:06
  1. "I Want U" – 4:11
  2. "Cat Scratch Fever" (Ted Nugent) – 3:36
  3. "Crazy Love" – 3:42
  4. "Hot, Wet, Drippin' with Sweat" – 3:28
  5. "Boyz Will B Boyz" – 3:28
  6. "Turnin' Me On" – 3:47
  7. "Don't Go" – 4:05
  8. "Makin' Love" – 4:33
  9. "Take Me" – 4:00
  10. "Johnny Died on Christmas" – 3:47
  11. "Hey Mike" – 0:53
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Freight Train"   Michael Angelo, Jim Gillette Nitro 3:58
2. "Shot Heard 'Round the World"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 4:05
3. "Long Way from Home"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 4:58
4. "Prisoner of Paradise"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 4:18
8. "Nasty Reputation"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 4:45
9. "Heaven's Just a Heartbeat Away"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 3:55
10. "Gunnin' for Glory"   Angelo, Gillette Nitro 3:36
  1. "Freight Train Demo" – 4:27
  1. "B.O.M.B. Also Called (Do You Wanna)" – 3:20

with Organ Donor[edit]

  • 2001: The Ultra Violent
  1. "Organ Donor" – 3:36
  2. "Ultra Violent" – 5:55
  3. "Bone Saw" – 3:36
  4. "Six Feet Deep" – 2:57
  5. "Breathless" – 4:02
  6. "Hypnotized" – 4:30
  7. "Guilty" – 4:24
  8. "Bed Of Nails" – 4:08
  9. "Last Rites" – 3:04
  10. "My Fist" – 4:12

Released Music Videos[edit]

  1. "Freight Train (1989)" – 3:55
  2. "Long Way From Home (1989)" – 5:20
  3. "Cat Scratch Fever (1992)" – 3:36

Unreleased Music Videos[edit]

  1. "Boyz Will Be Boyz (Supposed To Be Released 1993)" – 3:30

References[edit]

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