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Hot Child in the CityIsn't it weird and upsetting when you get into a song and the next thing you know, it's in a Chevy commercial or a Sex and the City ad? Well it happens to me often, even with some of the strangest songs, not that this Nick Gilder disco hit is very strange save for the fact that it is indeed a man singing those sultry notes. Its refound popularity does make one wonder about the Zeitgeist and how it all works. But, I digress. This is a great song if you don't abhor disco and pop. And it is a pretty fabulous ode to a pretty fabulous sounding lady. Or is it? Gilder says this of the lyrics: “'Hot Child in the City' could well have been entitled “Don't Bite the Apple,” Gilder said in Rolling Stone. “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.” And I guess after really looking at the lyrics, I can see what he means. Well played, Mr. Gilder, well played.

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Posted on February 5, 2007

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