12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s spindly Nick Gilder had a presence informed equally by glam and pop and a radio-friendly voice that traded heavily on sexual tension and ambiguity for both girls and boys. (Note that Mike Chapman produced Gilder’s three '70s solo albums, from which this best-of collection was spawned. He also worked with Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Mud, and Cheap Trick.) And if there’s a song that better captures carnal-kid angst than “Hot Child in the City,” it has yet to be written. In fact, every song here grooves on high-school hallway sass and pure attitudinal power—with a twist of snappy bubblegum nihilism tossed in (witness the dry, glam-a-riffic “Got to Get Out” or “She’s One of the Boys”). “You Really Rock Me” could be Cheap Trick covering early Queen; “Runaways in the Night” would’ve been the best Runaways tune; “Rated X” (later covered by Pat Benatar) is pure pop-song porno; and “Roxie Roller” (from Gilder’s former band Sweeny Todd) owed as much to T. Rex as it did good old Yankee groupie action.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s spindly Nick Gilder had a presence informed equally by glam and pop and a radio-friendly voice that traded heavily on sexual tension and ambiguity for both girls and boys. (Note that Mike Chapman produced Gilder’s three '70s solo albums, from which this best-of collection was spawned. He also worked with Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Mud, and Cheap Trick.) And if there’s a song that better captures carnal-kid angst than “Hot Child in the City,” it has yet to be written. In fact, every song here grooves on high-school hallway sass and pure attitudinal power—with a twist of snappy bubblegum nihilism tossed in (witness the dry, glam-a-riffic “Got to Get Out” or “She’s One of the Boys”). “You Really Rock Me” could be Cheap Trick covering early Queen; “Runaways in the Night” would’ve been the best Runaways tune; “Rated X” (later covered by Pat Benatar) is pure pop-song porno; and “Roxie Roller” (from Gilder’s former band Sweeny Todd) owed as much to T. Rex as it did good old Yankee groupie action.

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About Nick Gilder

Nick Gilder began playing with Vancouver-based Sweeney Todd. The band split in 1977 after two albums (Sweeney Todd and If Wishes Were Horses) when he and bandmate Jimmy McCullouch moved to Los Angeles. That same year, Gilder began a solo career, signing to Chrysalis and releasing You Know Who You Are. His second album, City Nights, produced the platinum number one single "Hot Child in the City" in 1978. Though Gilder released several other albums (including 1979's Frequency and 1981's Body Talk Muzak), he never approached his earlier success. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    December 21, 1951

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