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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

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    1 song

    '90s Pop

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

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