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Hot Child In The City


Nick Gilder

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This song is about child prostitution. Gilder had moved from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and was amazed at how many young girls he saw working as prostitutes on Hollywood Boulevard. (thanks, Jeanette - Hawthorne, CA)
This was Gilder's only hit. He was previously in a group called Sweeney Todd.
This took 21 weeks to get to #1 in the US, a record at the time. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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Comments (16):

I would never consider Nick Gilder a OHW considering the major hit with Roxy Roller and the fact he wrote "Survivor" for Scandal and "Rated X" for Pat Benatar. He is no more a OHW than John Waite or Jimi Hendrix.

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- The Murf, Whitehorse, YT
Please help. I need to know when this song was released, or at least when the album was released. Basically I need to know how early in 1978 it would have been possible to hear this song either in a record store or on the radio. This is for something I am writing. Thanks. Please cite source if possible.
- zeech, west palm beach, FL
Hot Child was another of my teen faves, partly because it reminded me of a home room classmate I had the hots for at age 15. Never did up the nerve to ask her out, but I can still see her in her trademark cardigan. It wasn't until I saw the video that I realized the true (creepy) theme of the song,but whatever-it still enhances my middle and senior high school experience. Nick Gilder being Canadian adds to it, as I am too.
- Paul, Kennewick, WA
"Here Comes The Night" went to #44 on the Billboard pop charts. So he is a one-hit wonder.
- John, Nashville, TN
i always knew what the song was about but i always realted it to coming to age. " YOUR A HOT CHILD IN A CITY WHERE NOONE UNDERSTANDS YOU BUT YOURSELF. i can relate to this song.
- briana, orange, CA
"child prostitu"... really? oh. i was even about to make it my profile song in myspace. =P i'm kinda loving how it goes...

this song was specifically noted and played in one episode of Sex and The City -- the one of the comic book guy with weed. Carrie gushed that she just LOVES this song (as embraced the vinyl).
- joycemorrison, PH
Does anyone remember the B-side to this, "Backstreet Noises"? My friend Susan Davis and I used to rock out to this when we were 10 and 11. It was better than "Hot Child..." which I now think is creepy...
- Noelle, Enon, VA
song was No. 3 Oct 1978 Pop Singles list, source Billboard Oct 8, 1988 list of hits of 10 years ago
- Donna, College Station, TX
I accidentally hit the "Post Comment" button. The rest of the comment should have read that the young girl whom Nick Gilder planned on adopting was gunned down by either her pimp or gangsters just before the adoption was finalized, and Gilder wrote the song as a tribute to her. John Mielke (pronounced "Melkay"), who has the weekday morning show on "Radio 84" between 6am and 9am on weekdays mentioned this about 2 or 3 years ago, as I mentioned, and he worked for KHJ many years ago.
- Darrell, Eugene
I remember hearing on the radio (KKNX AM 840) in Eugene, Oregon about 3 years ago that Gilder wrote this song about an (I believe) 14-year-old prostitute who worked the corner near the KHJ radio station in Los Angeles (which also featured Wolfman Jack and Robert W. Morgan at the time). Gilder took somewhat of a liking to the young lady, and he tried to adopt her. That all ended when
- Darrell, Eugene
With Sweeney Todd, Gilder had a big hit in Canada with the far sexier "Roxy Roller", which anyone hearing it would think was being sung by a very erotic woman! (Take note, Dee in Indianapolis.) The song won a Juno Award (top Canadian music awards), but the whole thing was confusing because three different versions were cut, as Gilder left the band and was replaced by another, then yet another lead singer, the last being a young fellow Vancouverite, Bryan Adams! It was the original Gilder version that won the Juno, however. (More details at
- Kent, Toronto, Canada
Hey Michael Cerveris I want to be the next vcitim to have my neck Sliced please.
- Kristin, Wood River, IL
Nirvana's song ''Smells Like Teen Spirit'' uses elements of this song, as well as elements of ''More Than a Feeling'' by Boston.
- Joey, Boston, MA
Sweeney Todd (or The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) is the name of a dark musical written by Steven Sondheim. It is about a murderous barber named Sweeney Todd who cuts his customers' throats. His mistress makes pies (The Worst Pies in London) out of the corpses. Just thought you kids might want to mention this the next time your parents start complaining about the hottible names bands give themselves "nowadays".
- Jude, Thomasville, GA
I always thought this was a female sining this song when I was a kid back in 70's.
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
After Nick Glider left Sweeney Todd Bryan Adams took over as there new lead singer. That was in 1978 and the rest is history
- David, Central Coast, Australia
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