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

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