House of Pain: Are you ready to 'Jump Around'?
To call House of Pain a one-hit wonder is a bit harsh: The trio did go gold on its follow-up album, “Same As It Ever Was,” and the track “On Point” is still fondly remembered.
But we all know which song the Irving Plaza crowd will be screaming for on Friday when the Pain takes the stage.
Even so, the question remains: How does “Jump Around,” stack up against the all-time great songs in the “vertical leap” category?
amNY breaks it down:
‘One O’Clock Jump’
Count Basie Orchestra (1937)
It was good enough to be the theme song for the classic big band for years. And it does make you want to jump, if in a very retro-bar-fancy-cocktail kind of way. 8 of 10
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
Rolling Stones (1968)
Poor Mick and Keith — a whole generation of kids only know this as the title to a Whoopi Goldberg film. That’s not jump-worthy. 4 of 10 (but it’s not the band’s fault)
It’s no “Working for the Weekend.” At all. In the slightest. 2 of 10
‘Jump (For My Love)’
Pointer Sisters (1984)
Dig that synth! Go to any karaoke bar and wait — you’ll hear it soon enough. 5 of 10
Van Halen (1984)
Finally, someone writes a song about the overdramatic guitar-player jump at the end of ’80s rock songs. That’s what this is about, right? 8 of 10
Kris Kross (1992)
A gutsy song title, considering that wearing jeans backwards does inhibit the vertical. Try it (but not in public, unless you enjoy being mocked by strangers). 7 of 10
House of Pain (1992)
The peak of the “Jump” genre: The energy, the beat, the video, all of it makes you want to get up and jump around. Word to your moms. 10 of 10
‘Jump, Jive an’ Wail’
Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)
With few exceptions, Mr. Setzer is right: “A woman is a woman and a man ain’t nothing but a male.” But combining jumping with both jiving and wailing cuts back on the jumping by two-thirds. It’s math. 4 of 10
If you go: The House of Pain 20th Anniversary tour is at Irving Plaza on Friday at 7 p.m., 17 Irving Pl., 212-777-6800, $26.50