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Super Heroines, that gloriously warped gothic female death squad, finally have their proper dues, having been a seminal part of the Los Angeles goth scene in the '80s, best-documented on the 1981 Time Bomb label's compilation Hell Comes to Your House, Vol. 1. The Cleopatra label previously issued Love and Pain, a Super Heroines compilation that acted as both a best-of and a rarities collection, featuring tracks from the band's unreleased third album. (One wonders why they didn't make Anthology a double disc and put that one in this set — with compilation tracks — and make it a complete discography?) In any case, the label slaps both of their issued albums — Cry for Help and Souls That Save — on a single disc, Anthology, offering more Super Heroines than anyone outside of Southern California would ever need. That said, this band were great extensions of what the Runaways had begun with their protean incursions into riot grrrl rock, and added plenty of muscle, dark imagination, and stylish flair to the otherwise dreary death rock scene in L.A.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Along with bands like Christian Death, .45 Grave, and Pompeii 99, the Superheroines helped spawn the so-called death rock scene in Los Angeles during the early '80s. Like their peers, the all-female band's music had a goth edge, but was inspired chiefly by punky, Runaways-style metal. Guitarist/singer Eva O. (born Eva Oritz) had previously played in the Speed Queens, and joined up with bassist Jill Emery and drummer China to form the Superheroines in 1981. They made their recorded debut that year...
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