Sex Cymbal (song)

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"Sex Cymbal"
Single by Sheila E.
from the album Sex Cymbal
B-side "Bass Base"
Released 1991
Format 7", 12" vinyl single, CD single
Genre R&B, hip hop, house
Length 4:28 (album version)
3:40 (Single/radio remix)
6:35 (extended remix)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Sheila E., Pete Escoveda, Cat Gray[1]
Producer(s) Sheila E., Peter Michael (album version)
Jesse Sutclife, Peter Michael (remixes)
Sheila E. singles chronology
"Koo Koo"
"Sex Cymbal"
"Droppin' Like Flies"
"Koo Koo"
"Sex Cymbal"
"Droppin' Like Flies"

"Sex Cymbal" is the lead single released from Sheila E.'s album of the same name. The song is a mid-tempo hip-hop/house number and features a rap verse from Sheila E. herself.

"Sex Cymbal" peaked at No. 32 on the U.S. R&B singles chart. It was the highest charting single from the album. The B-side is the instrumental "Bass Base".

Music video[edit]

The music video showcased Sheila E. and her dancers wearing various outfits, primary color backdrops, fashion and vogue posing and dancing.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 32
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 30

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. promo maxi CD single
  1. "Sex Cymbal" (radio remix) – 3:40
  2. "Sex Cymbal" (12" extended remix) – 6:35
  3. "Sex Cymbal" (radio edit) – 3:27
  4. "Sex Cymbal" (album version) – 4:28
U.S. 12", U.S. maxi CD single
  1. "Sex Cymbal" (12" mix) – 5:12
  2. "Sex Cymbal" (Jungle Groove Mix) – 2:40
  3. "Sex Cymbal" (4 on the Floor Mix) – 5:19
  4. "Bass Base" – 4:37