Today's Song Your Should Know: 'Hot Child In The City' By Nick Gilder

Post by: Rick Ellis 20 October, 2020

Odds are that unless you're well into your 50s, you're not familiar with the song "Hot Child In The City." Despite the fact that it was a #1 hit in both the U.S. and Canada, it didn't really chart well outside of North America. And since the album that contained the song - 1978's "City Nights" -  isn't available digitally, people aren't like to just randomly run across the song. Which is a shame, because while Gilder's commercial success was short, he released some really solid pop-rock music. 

Gilder first hit the charts as the lead singer of the Canadian band Sweeney Todd, who had a #1 Canadian hit in 1976 with "Roxy Rolle." Gilder and guitarist/songwriting partner Jim McCulloch left the band and Gilder signed a solo deal that led to 1977's album "You Know Who You Are." His second album was 1978's City Nights, which contained "Hot Child In The City" as well as "Here Comes The Night," which charted in Canada's Top 20 and #44 in the U.S. 1979's album "Frequency" included the single "(You Really) Rock Me," which only reached the middle of the singles chart. That was essentially the last of the commercial success for Gilder, although he released five more albums, most recently 1999's "Long Time Coming."

While younger music fans might not be familiar with "Hot Child In The City," they might have heard his second most popular composition. Gilder co-wrote (with Holly Knight) the 1984 Top Ten hit "The Warrior," which was released by Scandal and remains a fixture on pop-rock "Variety" radio stations.


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