Hot Child In The City

Album: City Nights (1978)
Charted: 1


  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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.

Comments: 20

  • Dale Delong from Cadiz, OhioJodie from Xx... He said in a separate statement that he hated seeing these young girls in this situation, but when he wrote the song, he wrote it from the perspective of a lecher. He's a songwriter. He just wrote about it in a song to shine a light on the kind of life those girls have to live. That doesn't mean he actually wanted to have sex with a teenage prostitute. All kinds of creative people make things that don't always reflect who they are as a person.
  • Jodie from XxSo he's singing about a child prostitute who he wants to make love to. How disgusting.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs stated above, "Hot Child in the City" reached #1 on its 21st week on the Top 100; and just under a year later on September 30th, 1979 Robert John's "Sad Eyes" also reached #1 on its 21st week on the chart...
    And both songs each spent nine weeks on the Top 10...
    "Sad Eyes" stayed on the Top 100 for 27 weeks, while "Hot Child in the City" spent a total of 31 weeks on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 2nd 1978, Nick Gilder performed "Hot Child in the City" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on June 4th, 1978 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; and on October 22nd, 1978 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 {31 weeks}....
    On October 8th, 1978 it also reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    He had two other records make the Top 100 chart; "Here Comes the Night" {peaked at #44 in 1978} and "Rock Me" {reached #57 in 1979}...
    Nicholas George 'Nick' Gilder will celebrate his 63rd birthday in three months on December 21st {2014}.
  • The Murf from Whitehorse, YtI 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.

    The Murf
  • Zeech from West Palm Beach, FlPlease 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.
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaHot 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.
  • John from Nashville, Tn"Here Comes The Night" went to #44 on the Billboard pop charts. So he is a one-hit wonder.
  • Briana from Orange, Cai 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.
  • Joycemorrison from Ph"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).
  • Noelle from Enon, VaDoes 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...
  • Donna from College Station, Txsong was No. 3 Oct 1978 Pop Singles list, source Billboard Oct 8, 1988 list of hits of 10 years ago
  • Darrell from EugeneI 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 from EugeneI 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
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaWith 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
  • Kristin from Wood River, IlHey Michael Cerveris I want to be the next vcitim to have my neck Sliced please.
  • Joey from Boston, MaNirvana's song ''Smells Like Teen Spirit'' uses elements of this song, as well as elements of ''More Than a Feeling'' by Boston.
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaSweeney 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".
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI always thought this was a female sining this song when I was a kid back in 70's.
  • David from Central Coast, AustraliaAfter Nick Glider left Sweeney Todd Bryan Adams took over as there new lead singer. That was in 1978 and the rest is history
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