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"Jump Around," an impossibly infectious and catchy single, instantly elevated House of Pain from an unknown white hip-hop group to near-stars when it became a massive crossover hit in 1992. It made the band and it also broke the band, consigning them to the level of one-hit wonders. House of Pain continued to release records after their eponymous 1992 debut and "Jump Around," yet none of them gained much attention, partially because of the band's self-consciously loutish behavior. Led by rapper Everlast, the group celebrated their Irish-American heritage by wearing green, drinking prodigious amounts of beer, and swearing constantly. It certainly earned them attention at the outset, particularly when it was tied to a single like "Jump Around," but the bottom quickly fell out of their career. The group's second album, 1994's Same as It Ever Was, went gold, but it failed to generate a hit single, and by the time of 1996's Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again, the band had been forgotten. Everlast (born Erik Schrody, August 18, 1969) became fascinated by hip-hop while he was in high school, eventually becoming part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate. His association with Ice-T led to a contract with Warner Bros., who released his debut album, Forever Everlasting, in 1990. After the record bombed, Everlast formed House of Pain with his high school friend Danny Boy (born Daniel O'Connor) and DJ Lethal (born Leor DiMant), a Latvian immigrant. Released on Tommy Boy Records, the group's eponymous 1992 debut was co-produced by Muggs, who masterminded Cypress Hill's groundbreaking debut. Muggs gave "Jump Around" its distinctive, incessant beat, which merged a deep bass groove with drum loops and Public Enemy-styled sirens. On the back of Kris Kross' spring hit "Jump," "Jump Around" became a huge hit in the summer of 1992, peaking at number three on the pop charts. Both the single's video and the remainder of House of Pain celebrated the group's Irish heritage in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that quickly became shtick. Throughout their 1993 tour, the group ran into trouble with promoters and the law, culminating in Everlast's March arrest for possessing an unregistered, unloaded pistol at Kennedy Airport. He was sentenced to community service, and later that year, the group began work on their second album. Like its predecessor, 1994's Same as It Ever Was was produced by Muggs. Upon its summer release, the record was greeted with surprisingly strong reviews and sales, debuting at number 12 on the charts. However, the sales quickly slowed as "On Point" failed to become a hit. Most of the next two years were spent in seclusion, and the group returned in the fall of 1996 with Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again, a record that was ignored by both the press and the public. Everlast returned in 1998 as a solo act, and gained critical acclaim for his debut, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
House of Pain

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Party

    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

Albums by
House of Pain

Top Songs by
House of Pain

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Jump Around
  3.   Shamrocks and Shenanigans
  4.   Danny Boy, Danny Boy
  5.   Who's the Man
  6.   Put Your Head Out
  7.   Top O' the Morning to Ya
  8.   On Point
  9.   Same as It Ever Was
  10.   Put on Your Shit Kickers
  11.   The Have Nots
  12.   Runnin' Up on Ya'
  13.   I'm a Swing It
  14.   It Ain't a Crime
  15.   Where I'm From
  16.   Back from the Dead
  17.   Beef Jerky
  18.   Killa Rhyme Klik
  19.   Guess Who's Back
  20.   Salutations
  21.   House and the Rising Son
  22.   Fed Up
  23.   All My Love
  24.   Feel It
  25.   Life Goes On
  26.   Come and Get Some of This
  27.   House of Pain Anthem
  28.   Over There Shit
  29.   While I'm Here
  30.   Choose Your Poison
  31.   I Got the Rhythm
  32.   The Rhythm
  33.   Still Got a Lotta Love
  34.   Just Another Victim by Helmet
  35.   Shut the Door
  36.   Earthquake
  37.   Heart Full of Sorrow
  38.   What's That Smell
  39.   X-Files
  40.   No Doubt
  41.   Pass the Jinn
  42.   One for the Road
  43.   Commercial 2
  44.   Word Is Bond
  45.   Punch Drunk
  46.   I Got the Knack
  47.   All That
  48.   Commercial 1
  49.   Keep It Comin'
  50.   Interlude

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