Juvenilia is a compilation of The Verlaines’ brilliant early singles and EPs. First released on vinyl in 1987 and later reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 1993, it documents their early history and is the perfect introduction to one of New Zealand’s greatest bands. Opening with the irrepressible “Death and the Maiden,” a song that for many is archetypal of the group’s deft ability to wield a pop hook, Juvenilia is a constant display of the unstoppable songwriting skills of vocalist/guitarist Graeme Downes.