You're Just Too Obscure For Me...

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The Verlaines career retrospective You're Just Too Obscure For Me was first released in 2003, 22-years after the Dunedin band formed.

Complete with their signature songs such as 'Death and the Maiden' and Doomsday, the nineteen songs cover six albums, one EP, two singles and their quarter on the vinyl classic Dunedin Double EP.

Led by songwriter Graeme Downes, the Verlaines walk some border between rock and classical music. Their music is a study in dramatic, dynamic rock, be it guitar-based or embellished with all manner of classical instruments. Whether it be the blistering Pyromaniac or the beautiful gem that is the Ballad of Harry Noryb the structure of Downes songs never fails to impress, and his superb lyrics thread poetic narratives regularly laced with black humour and drunkenness.


Artist: Verlaines
Title: You're Just Too Obscure For Me..
Label: Flying Nun Records
Year: 2003
Cat #: FNCD476
Formats: CD + Digital

All Songs Written by Graeme Downes.

Track List:

  1. Pyromaniac
  2. War in My Head
  3. Joed Out
  4. This Valentine
  5. Lying in State
  6. Hanging By Strands
  7. Whatever You Run Into
  8. Heavy 33
  9. Jailhouse 4.00 a.m.
  10. Death and The Maiden
  11. C.D., Jimmy Jazz & Me
  12. Anniversary
  13. Slow Sad Love Song
  14. Doomsday
  15. Bird-Dog
  16. Blanket Over the Sky
  17. Ready To Fly
  18. Dirge
  19. Ballad of Harry Noryb


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