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The origins of New Zealand's Verlaines can be traced back as early as 1979, with the group's founder Graeme Downes took direct inspiration from fellow Dunedin group, the Clean to form a band of his own.

It wasn't until 1981 that the group made their first public appearance with their initial five-piece line-up.

The band have so far released seven full-length albums on three different labels, one mini album, three singles…

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  • forgot how awesome Bird Dog is
  • Cracking band. Goddamn New Zealand has produced some great music per square meter of inhabited land.
  • Joed Out is f* killing my heart!
  • Classic Flying Nun Records!
  • They're just amazing. Love them so much!
  • Hey, I created a group - "The Verlaines". Feel free to join, as I'm the only member and it's getting lonely.
  • Sweet gig on sat.
  • now that flying nun has been repurchased atleast juvenilia + the first 3 albums are back in print on cd finally.
  • They're just too obscure for me.
  • awesome band. Bird Dog fucking rules.

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