Nick Gilder

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Nick Gilder
Birth nameNicholas George Gilder
Born (1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 67)
London, England
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresRock, glam rock
Years active1975–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.


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, which 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, Pat Benatar and Toni Basil. In 1984, the band Scandal featuring Patty Smyth had a US Top 10 hit with "The Warrior," which was written by Gilder and Holly Knight and earned him a BMI Airplay Award. The song also reached #1 in Canada, making him the first Canadian artist to reach the Top of the Canadian chart as lead singer for a band (Sweeney Todd with "Roxy Roller"), a solo artist ("Hot Child in the City") and songwriter for another artist.

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 Sex and the City, That '70s Show, Ed (TV series), Nip/Tuck, and most recently in the 2010 movie The Runaways, where "Roxy Roller" was featured early in the film.

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 settled in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, where he lives with his family.[5]

Gilder was to release an album called A Night on the Town, A Day in the Country in 2005,[6] but it was shelved.



Studio Albums:


  • 2001: The Best of Nick Gilder, EMI- Capitol Music/Razor & Tie Entertainment (The Chrysalis Years)


Year Single Peak chart
1976 "She's a Star (in Her Own Right)" 71
1976 "Roxy Roller" 90 1
1977 "Runaways in the Night"
1977 "Rated X"
1978 "Hot Child in the City" 1 1
1978 "Here Comes the Night" 44 21
1978 "(She's) One of the Boys"
1978 "Got to Get Out"
1979 "(You Really) Rock Me" 57 35
1979 "Electric Love"
1979 "Metro Jets" 28
1979 "Into the 80s"
1980 "Wild Ones (Feeling Electric)" 22
1980 "Catch 22" 26
1980 "Rock America"
1980 "I've Got Your Number"
1981 "Prove It"
1981 "(She Talks) Body Talk"
1985 "Let Me In" 50
1985 "Footsteps" 70
1997 "Café Heaven"
1997 "You're Everything (I Want to Do)
2000 "Roxy Roller 2000"

With Sweeney Todd[edit]



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

Songwriting contributions[edit]

"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". Allmusic.
  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 – Keeping Sweeney Todd Rolling". The Music Express. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Nick Gilder Online – Magazine Articles". 2 August 1998.

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