Yeah, we all remember Freedom Rock. But how many of us remember Super Girls?
This is the first TV-advertised compilation record I was ever aware of. It was also the first TV-advertised compilation record I ever physically saw. Somebody in the apartment complex we were living in at the time had this record. They played “Leader of the Pack” off it incessantly. I still think of this record today anytime I hear that song.
Being as young as I was, I didn’t understand the whole compilation thing. I didn’t realize that this was a collection of songs from different female artists and different era. I thought they were all contemporary songs performed by the girls on the cover. I thought those girls were the Super Girls and the songs were theirs. I also remember having a crush on one of the Super Girls and staring at her picture on the cover for hours, though I can’t remember now which one it was nor what it was that made her so attractive to me back then. I also thought they were holding lollipops on the cover, but maybe I confused that with The Chordettes “Lollipop” sampled on the commercial.
K-Tel masterpiece it’s not, but Super Girls still has a place in my childhood. A weird, misunderstood, and not completely welcome place, but a place nonetheless.