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Nick Gilder's 1978 #1 Hit Hot Child In The City

Posted by Billyjam, March 2, 2009 10:30am | Post a Comment

31 years ago was the career peak of British-born Canadian rocker Nick Gilder, who in October of 1978 scored a number one hit in both the US and in his native Canada with the single "Hot Child In The CIty."

"Hot Child..," a perfect pop-rock song that has stood the test of time, is from Gilder's second solo album CIty Nights (Chrysalis) and was produced by Mike Chapman and co-written with James McCulloch.

Above is the video of Glider's version and below are covers of the timeless track, including one by Dirty Martini and another by an uncredited band who do a really good cover of it.

Reportedly Gilder wrote the song after seeing young girls on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in LA. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine he said, "I've seen a lot of young girls, 15 and 16, walking down Hollywood Boulevard with their pimps. Their home environment drove them to distraction so they ran away, only to be trapped by something even worse. It hurts to see that so I tried writing from the perspective of a lecher -- in the guise of an innocent pop song."

Initially Nick Gilder was a member of Sweeney Todd, the Canadian glam rock band that formed in 1975 and also (very briefly) featured a young Bryan Adams as well as James McCulloch, who also left to join Gilder's solo backing band. Sweeney Todd's one big hit was the summer 1975 single "Roxy Roller," which went to number one on the Canadian music charts and was later covered by Detroit female rocker Suzi Quatro in 1977.

Nick Gilder, who had disappeared from music for about a decade, returned to record and tour in the late nineties, and continues up to this day. For more info on him visit his website.



Hot Child In The City
Nick Gilder

Danger in the shape of somethin' wild
Stranger dressed in black, she's a hungry child
No one knows who she is or what her name is
I don't know where she came from or what her game is

(Hot child in the city)
(Hot child in the city)
(Runnin' wild and lookin' pretty)
(Hot child in the city)

So young to be loose and on her own
Young boys, they all want to take her home
She goes downtown, the boys all stop and stare
When she goes downtown, she walks like she just don't care, care

(Hot child in the city)
(Hot child in the city)
(Runnin' wild and lookin' pretty)
Yeah
(Hot child in the city)

Come on down to my place, baby
We'll talk about love
Come on down to my place, woman
We'll make love!

Hot child in the city
(Hot child in the city)
She's kinda dangerous
(Hot child in the city)
Young child
(Runnin' wild and lookin' pretty)
Young child, runnin' wild
(Hot child in the city)
Hot child in the city
(Hot child in the city)
(Hot child in the city)
(Hot child in the city)
Hot child in the city
(Hot child in the city)
Hot child in the city
(Hot child in the city)

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