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Nick Gilder

Nick Gilder
Birth name Nicholas George Gilder
Born (1951-12-21) 21 December 1951
London, England
Origin Vancouver, Canada
Genres Rock, glam rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–present

Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder (born 21 December 1951), is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career as a singer/songwriter.


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • Solo 2.1
    • With Sweeney Todd 2.2
    • Songwriting contributions 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born in London, England, Gilder was raised in Vancouver. He began his career as front-man for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd, which later briefly featured a very young Bryan Adams.[1] Sweeney Todd had a number one hit, "Roxy Roller", that held on to the top spot in the Canadian music charts for three weeks in 1975.[2][3][4] It went on to win a Juno Award for "Best Selling Single" in 1977.

Feeling they had international scope, Gilder and fellow band member, guitarist and songwriting partner, James McCulloch left the band and signed a US record deal. It was in his second solo album that spawned the hit, "Hot Child in the City", that gave Gilder chart success in the United States. That song went to No.1 both in Canada and the US. It also earned him two more Juno Awards: "Single of the Year" and for "Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year" in Canada as well as a People's Choice Award in the US. It stalled outside the Top 40 in the United Kingdom, though it was featured on Top of the Pops and also in a Hot Gossip dance routine on The Kenny Everett Video Show. He's had subsequent singles, but with only minimal success in Canada and none that cracked the US Top 40.

Gilder has also been successful as a songwriter for artists such as Bette Midler, Joe Cocker and Pat Benatar. In 1984, the band Scandal featuring Patty Smyth had a number one hit with "The Warrior," which was written by Gilder and Holly Knight, and it earned him a BMI Airplay Award.

Gilder's songs have been used in several movies such as Youngblood with Rob Lowe, The Wraith with Charlie Sheen, Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson, Scenes From the Goldmine, that included a cameo appearance in the movie by Gilder, and in TV series like Sex and the City, That '70s Show, Ed (TV series), and most recently Nip/Tuck.

Armand Van Helden sampled "Rockaway" on his 2005 club hit, "When the Lights Go Down." The following year Nemesis recorded “Hot Child in the City” for their 2006 debut CD, Rise Up and Rocket recorded "Backstreet Noise" for their CD, Girls with Candy Hearts.

Gilder returned to Canada in the mid-1990s, where he continues to record and tour. He has currently settled in Port Moody, British Columbia, where he lives with his family.

Gilder was to release an album called, A Night on the Town, A Day in the Country in 2005,[5] but it was shelved.





  • 1976: "She’s a Star (in Her Own Right), Chrysalis Records (#71 Can)
  • 1976: "Roxy Roller", Chrysalis Records (#1 Can, #90 US)
  • 1977: "Runaways in the Night", Chrysalis Records
  • 1977: "Rated X", Chrysalis Records
  • 1978: "Hot Child in the City", Chrysalis Records (#1 Can & US, #3 NZ, #9 Aus)
  • 1978: "Here Comes the Night", Chrysalis Records (#21 Can, No. 44 US)
  • 1978: "(She's) One of the Boys", Chrysalis Records
  • 1978: "Got to Get Out", Chrysalis Records
  • 1979: "(You Really) Rock Me", Chrysalis Records (#35 Can, #57US)
  • 1979: "Electric Love", Chrysalis Records
  • 1979: "Metro Jets", Chrysalis Records
  • 1979: "Into the 80's", Chrysalis Records
  • 1980: "Wild Ones (Feeling Electric)", Casablanca Records (#22 Can)
  • 1980: "Catch 22", Casablanca Records (#26 Can)
  • 1980: "Rock America", Casablanca Records
  • 1980: "I’ve Got Your Number", Casablanca Records
  • 1981: "Prove It", Casablanca Records
  • 1981: "She Talks (Body Talk)", Casablanca Records
  • 1985: "Let Me In", RCA Records (#50 Can)
  • 1985: "Footsteps", RCA Records (#95 Can)
  • 1997: "Café Heaven", Spinner Music Group Inc./Gilder Records
  • 1997: "You’re Everything (I Want to Do)", Spinner Music Group Inc./Gilder Records
  • 2000: "Roxy Roller 2000", Page Music

With Sweeney Todd



  • 1975: "Rock ‘N’ Roll Story", London Records
  • 1975: "Sweeney Todd Folder", London Records (#36 Can)
  • 1975: "Roxy Roller", London Records (#1 Can)

Songwriting contributions

"Rated X" (N. Gilder, J. McCulloch) Pat Benatar In the Heat of the Night 1979 Chrysalis Records
"Is It Love" (N. Gilder, J. McCulloch) Bette Midler No Frills 1983 Atlantic Records
"Body Talk" (N. Gilder, Herndon) Kix Cool Kids 1983 Atlantic Records
"Think of Me" (N. Gilder, Martin S. Briley) Martin Briley Dangerous Moments 1984 Mercury Records
"The Warrior" (N. Gilder, Holly Knight) Scandal featuring Patty Smyth The Warrior 1984 Columbia Records
"Footsteps" Nick Gilder Youngblood (Original Movie Soundtrack) 1985/1986 RCA/Ariola International
"Tough Love" (N. Gilder, D. Hitchings) Patty Smyth Never Enough 1987 Columbia Records
"Hot Child in the City" ‡‡
Nick Gilder Hot Child in the City (Original Movie Soundtrack) 1987 Prism Entertainment/Paramount Home Video
"Scream of Angels" ‡‡
Nick Gilder The Wraith (Original Movie Soundtrack) 1987 Live Home Video
"Don't Walk Away" (N. Gilder, Duane Hitchings) ‡
Pat Benatar Wide Awake in Dreamland 1988 Chrysalis Records
"You Know We're Gonna Hurt" (N. Gilder, Rick Boston) Joe Cocker One Night of Sin 1989 Capitol Records
"You're Everything (I Want to Do)" (N. Gilder, Brett Walker) Brett Walker Nevertheless 1994 Empire Records
"Hot Child in the City" ‡‡
Nick Gilder Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five (Original Movie Soundtrack) 1998 Evenmore Entertainment
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" Voices of Classic Rock Voices for America (Various Artists) provided vocals 2001 Intersound Records
"Hot Child in the City" ‡‡
Nick Gilder Going the Distance (Original Movie Soundtrack) 2010 WaterTower Music
"Roxy Roller" Nick Gilder The Runaways (Original Movie Soundtrack) 2010 Atlantic Records

‡ Also provided background vocals on "Don't Walk Away" & "Cool Zero"
‡‡ Not included in the soundtrack release


  1. ^ "Sweeney Todd".  
  2. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". 
  3. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". 
  4. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". 
  5. ^ "Nick Gilder Online – Magazine Articles". 2 August 1998. 

External links

  • Nick Gilder Online
  • The Official Website.
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