Nick Gilder – Hot Child in the City

First Hit #1: October 28, 1978

We move from strangely sexy to uncomfortably sexy. Nick Gilder’s big hit is about underage prostitutes, something that can be inferred by the lyrics but was explicitly confirmed by Gilder himself. He’s chosen to sing from the perspective of a lecher, and as a result it kind of gets steadily more uncomfortable as you realize what’s going on. Still, Gilder can’t resist going for some glam-rock flash and vocal ambition. It makes it a fun song and actually something you could see strippers getting down to. It makes it a bit weird, but I can’t help but love it anyway.

Incidentally, I always thought this was sung by a woman and I actually double checked to see if Nick wasn’t short for Nicole or something. Sorry Nick Gilder.

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3 Responses to Nick Gilder – Hot Child in the City

  1. RBerman says:

    And more uncomfortable still when you reflect that most songs have some basis in the songwriter’s experience, even when allegedly done “in character.” From the picture in that video, you’re excused from thinking he was a woman.

    Here’s a fun game: listen to the electric guitar line in the first half of the verse of this song, and then the electric guitar line in the first half of the verse of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

    • Hey RBerman, just played the fun game, and WOW! I’d only heard Hot Child in the City a few time but Smells Like Teen Spirit has been one of my all-time favorites since 1991. I’d never noticed the similarity. Thanks for pointing that out. I wonder if it was intentional or just a coincidence.

    • By the way, the famous guitar riff on Smells Like Teen Spirit at the beginning and during the chorus is similar to the one during the fast parts on More Than a Feeling by Boston.

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