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de Dar He
📅 Released1997
🎙️ Recorded1996-1997
StudioAbsinthe Studios (2006 re-release)
⏳ Length41:30
🏷️ LabelWhat Are Records?, Top Notch[1]
🤑 ProducerBob Ferbrache (2006 re-release)
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Munly de Dar He (or de Dar He) is the second studio album from Denver musician Jay Munly, released on November 15, 1997. It was distributed through Top Notch Records, an imprint of What Are Records?.

Musically, this album features a more robust instrumental backing than his previous effort, Blurry. A variety of instruments are used: strings such as the banjo, cello, and violin, horns such as the tuba and trumpet, as well as others, such as the accordion and various forms of percussion.[2]

Recording and production[edit]

The album was recorded "in an abandoned semi-trailer" in Denver, Colorado.[2] Munly collaborated with musicians Nick Urata (of later DeVotchKa fame), Matthew Brown, Michael Crow, Tom Echols, and Channing Lewis to form the 'de Dar He' band.

The W.A.R./Top Notch album catalog number is 66602.[3]

The album was re-mastered by Bob Ferbrache at Absinthe Studios in Denver.[2] It was given a limited-edition re-release through Smooch Records on July 18, 2006.[4] Only 1,000 copies were printed.[2]

The Smooch Records album catalog number is SMOOCH12.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

In 1998, Michael Roberts of Westword rated the album as one of the best to be released by Colorado locals in 1997:

"The previous offering by singer-songwriter Jayson Munly Thompson, who recently moved from Colorado to Austin, was a solo disc, the wonderfully odd Blurry. This time around, he's part of a full-sized band that adds heft to his tunes without muting his idiosyncracies. The music has a roots feel that occasionally recalls 16 Horsepower; it's simple yet varied, tuneful yet moody. But Munly's unhinged vocals and lyrics epitomized by song titles such as "Seven Warts on Pa's Belly" give it personality. Weird never sounded so good." [5]

In popular culture[edit]

Following a move from Denver, Colorado to Austin, Texas in 1997, the band appeared on the MTV sitcom "Austin Stories".[2] Members Crow and Lewis quit shortly thereafter, leading the band to split up permanently.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jay Munly.

Standard edition[1]
1."Tried and True Against the Law"2:35
3."My Erziehung"5:38
4."Shoot Her with a Good Hand Gun"3:27
5."Seven Warts on Pa's Belly"2:15
6."Austria's First Fever"4:15
7."Teach Pachyderms to Swim"2:55
8."Floating on Huron"4:51
9."Country Train"2:39
11."Saucy Wench"2:42
12."Turk from an Angel"3:58
Total length:41:30


Information provided by Rate Your Music.[7]

  • Jay Munly - vocals
  • Matthew Brown - performer
  • Michael Crow - performer
  • Tom Echols - performer
  • Channing Lewis - performer
  • Nick Urata (Iurato) - performer

The exact contributions of Brown, Crow, Echols, Lewis and Urata are unknown.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "munly: De Dar He". Google Play. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Munly De Dar He". Midheaven Mailorder. Revolver USA. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Munly* - De Dar He". Discogs. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  4. "MUNLY DE DAR HE - Munly". Amazon Music. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. Roberts, Michael (January 1, 1998). "Home, Sweet Home". Westword. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  6. Hess, Christopher (June 30, 2000). "Before They Get Stupid: Grand Champeen". The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  7. "Munly De Dar He by Jay Munly". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 21 March 2020.


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