“Tommy Boy Records celebrates “30 Years” of House of Pain’s debut album House of Pain (Fine Malt Lyrics) with remastered, limited-edition release.
Everlast, DJ Lethal & Danny Boy formed House of Pain while attending high school and were signed to Tommy Boy Records after fashioning themselves as rowdy Irish-American hooligans, hitting the local rap and alternative music scene. House of Pain (Fine Malt Lyrics) went multi-platinum and the self-titled debut album spawned the successful producer DJ Muggs, who produced the single “Jump Around”. The song was also remixed twice by Pete Rock, one version featuring a verse from him and one without.
“Jump Around” became a hit in 1992, reaching number 3 in the United States. A 1993 re-release of the song in the United Kingdom, where the initial release had been a minor hit, peaked at number 8. “Jump Around” was featured at position 580 on Q Magazine’s “1001 Best Songs Ever,” number 24 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 90s,” number 66 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop,” number 325 on Blender’s “500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” and number 47 on NME’s “100 Best Songs of the 1990s.” The song is popular among dancehall DJs and is widely regarded in the United Kingdom as a club classic.
The album also featured Cypress Hill member B-Real on “Put Your Head Out” and Funkdoobiest’s Son Doobie on “House and the Rising Sun”, both members of the musical collective Soul Assassins.
“…their music is of the dense, hard-hitting school of hip hop…the group have absorbed black rap’s musical lessons and create a satisfying platform for their above average deliveries…” – Q Magazine
“…a very solid and at times exceptional album…imagine if Licensed to Ill wasn’t an upper middle class Jewish thing but rather a working class Irish thing…the atmosphere is like that of a cross between a frat party and a bar room brawl…” – The Source
Label: Tommy Boy Records
UPC: 016998105634 (CD) | 016998105603 (LP) | 016998518410 (indie excl. orange and white 2LP)
Catalogue Number: TB10563 (CD) | TB10560 (LP) | TB51841 (indie excl. orange and white 2LP)
Release Date: 2 September 2022