HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S “HOT CHILD IN THE CITY”- NICK GILDER

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Han’s Worst Hits of the 70s today- “Hot Child In The City” one of the creepiest songs to ever hit #1. Not only is the song itself creepy- but the singer is rather creepy looking and his singing voice is awful. Of course it was a #1 hit. At the time it set the record for taking the longest time to reach #1- 21 weeks.

Nick Gilder was an Canadian-English singer {born in London and raised in Vancouver} who as a member of the glam rock group Sweeney Todd had a #1 hit in Canada with a song called “Roxy Roller.” “Hot Child In The City” would be his only Top 40 hit in the United States- the follow up single Here Comes The Night peaked at #44 and then he thankfully faded into obscurity.

Hot Child In The City was based on Gilder’s witnessing child prostitution. Gilder 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.

I don’t know how I’ve went this long without featuring this song. While the lyrics are creepy- he could be singing anything and it would sound bad- at least in my opinion he was awful as a singer it bordered on squealing not singing at times. He looked like he weighed maybe 100 pounds.

 

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9 responses to “HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S “HOT CHILD IN THE CITY”- NICK GILDER

    • Yikes! She might be right about that !!!
      Did not remember this song till I heard it. WOW. It’s been a long time.
      If I wasn’t watching the video, I’d say that was a woman singing, definitely.

  1. 🙂 (that’s my like)

    I WILL figure out the mystery of why there’s no “like” button for me on this site….one day….hopefully before I die….or write a creepy song about child prostitutes…………….

  2. Oh man, I remember singing cluelessly to the chorus of this while it played on the radio in my mom’s car. Hadn’t remembered it until now. Thanks a lot.

  3. I hated this song and couldn’t fathom why it was a big hit. Years later, I heard it played on an episode of “Sex & the City” (one of my favorite guilty pleasure TV shows), and in that context it was like hearing it with fresh ears. I can’t say I ‘like’ it, but I no longer hate it as I used to.

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