House Of Pain was the Los Angeles trio of Erik "Everlast" Schrody, "Danny Boy" O'Connor and Leor "DJ Lethal" Dimant. Everlast had a pedigree, having rapped in Ice-T
's Rhyme Syndicate in the late '80s. He released a solo album called Forever Everlasting
on Warner Bros. in 1989.
The group signed with the pioneering hip-hop label Tommy Boy, home to Stetsasonic, Afrika Bambaataa, Queen Latifah and De La Soul. They assigned House Of Pain an Irish motif, which the group played up with a shamrock logo and lots of songs about drinking and fighting (the group name comes from place where horrific experiments take place in the 1977 film The Island of Dr. Moreau
). "Jump Around" was their first single. It earned relentless airplay on MTV and pop radio, and became a huge crowd pleaser in bars and dance clubs (great for getting people on the dance floor, as no real dancing is involved - just jumping around). The single went Platinum, selling over a million copies in America, as did the album. The follow-up single, "Shamrocks And Shenanigans (Boom Shalock Lock Boom)," stalled at #65. "Who's The Man?" stalled at #96 in 1993, and in 1994 they had their last chart entry with "On Point" at #85. They split after releasing an album in 1996 that went nowhere, but Tommy Boy kept Everlast as a solo artist, and in 1998 released his first album, Whitey Ford Sings The Blues
, with the surprisingly mellow and introspective hit "What It's Like
." DJ Lethal became a member of the band Limp Bizkit. House Of Pain reunited from time to time in the '00s and '10s.