- Released: July 28, 1992
- Label: Rhino / Ada
Rolling Stone - 10/29/92, p.703.5 Stars
- Good Plus - "...With a groovy swagger, this collection of hard-core hip-hop tracks offers many moments of technicolor snap and crackle..."
Q - 12/92, p.1243 Stars
- Good - "...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..."
The Source - 9/92, p.573.5 Stars
- Good Plus - "...a very solid and at times exceptional album...imagine if LICENCED TO ILL wasn't an upper middle class Jewish thing but rather a working class Irish thang...the atmosphere is like that of a cross between a frat party and a bar room brawl..."
NME (Magazine) - 11/7/92, p.34
6 - Good - "...contains some creative and accomplished rap music..."
- 2.Jump Around
- 3.Put Your Head Out
- 4.Top o' the Morning to Ya
- 5.Commercial 1 - (1)
- 6.House and the Rising Son
- 7.Shamrocks and Shenanigans
- 8.House of Pain Anthem
- 9.Danny Boy, Danny Boy
- 10.Guess Who's Back
- 11.Commercial 2 - (2)
- 12.Put on Your Shit Kickers
- 13.Come and Get Some of This
- 14.Life Goes On
- 15.One for the Road
- 16.Feel It
- 17.All My Love
- 18.Jump Around - (Pete Rock Remix, Pete Rock remix)
- 19.Shamrocks and Shenanigans - (Boom Shalock Lock Boom / Butch Vig Mix, remix)
Personnel includes: Everlast, Danny Boy O'Connor (vocals); D.J. Lethal (scratches).
Producers include: D.J. Lethal, D.J. Muggs, Ralph Tha Funky Mexican.
Personnel: Everlast, Danny Boy O'Connor, Son Doobie (vocals); Steve Marker (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Muggs; Jason Roberts .
Recording information: Ameraycan Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Image Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Michael Miller .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ralph Tha Funky Mexican; Son Doobie; Bob & Earl.
With their brawling take on golden-age hip-hop (the drunken yang to Cypress Hill's blissed-out yin?), proud-to-be-Irish-American trio House of Pain could easily have been a tired clich‚. However, with acrobatic, learned lyrics and dexterous beats farmed from bop, blues, and deep funk, the L.A. band of Everlast, Danny Boy, and DJ Lethal turned out to transcend predictability. While best known for "Jump Around," the frenetic sing-a-long that surprised even the band itself by becoming a #3 pop hit, the threesome's 1992 debut offers a vast array of styles ranging from the sly, hazy "Shamrocks & Shenanegans" to the sinister "House of Pain Anthem" to the sweetly lively "Top O' The Morning To Ya."