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Gilder, Nick - 1977 You Know Who You Are

ARTIST: Gilder, Nick
ALBUM: You Know Who You Are
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Nick Gilder - vocals * James McCulloch - guitars * Steve Halter - keyboards, synthesizer * Eric Nelson - bass * Chet McCracken - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Across The Nation (The Wheels Are Rolling) * 02 Backstreet Noise * 03 Rated X * 04 Poor Boy * 05 Genevieve * 06 Runaways In The Night * 07 Roxy Roller * 08 Amanda Greer * 09 Tantalize * 10 Fond Farewell


Let me open this review by saying 'Hot Child in the City' never did much for me. Yes, it was Nick Gilder's breakthrough single and did big business here in the good old US of A but his androgynous vocals and the song's plodding melody put me off, so much so that I would shut off my radio or turn the dial each time it came over the airwaves. Of course, being young, dumb and full of... I had no clue about Gilder's background and it wasn't until a few years later that I began digging into his back catalog and in turn discovering some choice music, coming to the conclusion that one should never judge an artist or band on first listen or a lame single for that matter. Born in London, England and raised in Canada, Nick Gilder honed his vocal talents in British Columbia hopefuls Sweeney Todd, appearing on their debut and scoring a huge hit with 'Roxy Roller'. Not happy with his 'Big in Canada' status, Gilder left the group for the glamarama of Los Angeles with his eventual replacement in Sweeney Todd none other than a young Bryan Adams who would re-record 'Roxy Roller' and accept a Juno award in the process. Meanwhile, Gilder released his debut solo platter with yet another version of 'Roxy Roller' and a couple of Sweeney Todd related tracks confusing discographers to no end and delivering a good album to boot.

The Songs
'All Across The Nation (The Wheels Are Rolling)' opens the album in typical Western Canadian style bringing to mind early Prism, handclaps and all, yet the remaining album owes more to the British glam bang of Slade, Hello and Sweet with just a smidgeon of Queen. 'Rated 'X'' (covered by Pat Benatar years later) and 'Genevieve' are most certainly influenced by the latter, while 'Runaways in The Night' and 'Roxy Roller' owe more than a small debt to Sweet. To be perfectly honest, I can't figure out why 'Roxy Roller' has received all the attention and re-recordings it has? It's painfully average and nothing to write home about really. One of those songs that struck a chord at the time for whatever reason, but for the life of me I don't get it? Guess you had to be there. 'Tantalize' is another song covered by Sweeney Todd that includes a nice string arrangement giving the song a bit of a pomp flavour. Good stuff and the ballad 'Fond Farewell' closes the album on a high note. Is that a Mellotron I hear?

In Summary
Not bad for a debut album and possibly his best work along with 1979's new wave/ power pop rave-up 'Frequency'. Currently Gilder is cashing in on the Canadian classic rock circuit; wowing them with 'Roxy Roller' and 'Hot Child in the City' for nostalgia's sake.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 20:05:19
In a just world the two Nick Gilder-albums reviewed on GD should have been paired on one CD.I know why they choose City Lights it is the old one hit wonder-curse but still.argh
#2 | Explorer on January 01 2016 23:26:35
Nick Gilder is one of the great songsmith`s that has been cruelly overlooked throughout the years, I doubt whether the man has ever written a bad tune.
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