Get ready to feel old: 'Jump Around' - the seminal Irish-American rap track by House of Pain - turns 25 years old today. To celebrate the single's But don't let the hit single's silver anniversary, check out our list of 25 things you might not know about 'Jump Around.'
DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill put the sound of 'Jump Around' together by sampling the horns from 'Harlem Shuffle' by 60s soul duo Bob & Earl.
The riff from Chubby Checker's 1962 single 'Popeye (The Hitchhiker)'
And the squeal of the tenor saxophone from 'Shoot Your Shot' by the 60s soul ensemble Junior Walker and the All Stars.
4. Writer's Block Breakout
'Jump Around' made frontman Everlast and the rest of House of Pain a household name. But it almost became a breakout hit for Cypress Hill instead. DJ Muggs offered the track to the Latino rappers, who decided to pass because they couldn't come up with any lyrics for it.
“I’ll tell you a little story that I don’t tell many people," Cypress Hill's Sen Dog told Cueball of Medium in August 2016. "Muggs gave us to the music to 'Jump Around' first for some reason. It was the only time in my life that I could not come up with a good idea to one of Muggs’ songs. So I gave it back to him and told him to give it to Everlast and… boom. That was the last time I told myself I can’t or I won’t. I would not allow another [mental] block after that, because I missed out on a great song (laughs).”
But there were no hard feelings when 'Jump Around' skyrocketed up the charts. Cypress Hill would make hip hop history less than a year later with the release of the landmark album Black Sunday, which included the monster hits like 'Insane in the Brain,' 'When the Shit Goes Down' and 'Lick a Shot.'
5. Rap Reparations
Everlast also repaid the favor from Cypress Hill by paying tribute to them in the song's first verse, which includes the lyrics:
Feelin, funkin, amps in the trunk and I got more rhymes
than there's cops at a Dunkin' Donuts shop
Sho' nuff, I got props
From the kids on the Hill plus my mom and my pops.
6. Rival Jumpers
'Jump Around' wasn't the only hit song in 1992 about leaping off the ground. Earlier that year, juvenile hip hop duo Kris Kross tore up the charts with 'Jump.'
7. Sports Anthem
'Jump Around' has since become a mainstay at sports stadiums, where fans gear up for big games or celebrate huge wins by bouncing around the bleachers at just about every type of sporting event on earth.
8. No Love on the Court
We said "just about every type of sporting event" because we couldn't find any clips of tennis players or fans rocking out to the track, which is kinda funny since the lyrics offer a shoutout to legendary Grand Slammer John McEnroe. Maybe the tennis legend will cover the song one day with his band The Noise Upstairs, which features New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist on guitar.
9. Dissing the Bible?
Everlast also gave a shoutout to the Bible, but it might actually be a diss. In the song's second verse, he raps, "Word to your moms. I came to drop bombs. I got more rhymes than the Bible's got Psalms."
For the record, there are 150 psalms in most translations of the Bible. So Everlast has at least 151 rhymes, which isn't that many considering that each one of Shakespeare's contained 7 rhymes for a total of 1,078. So up your game, House of Pain.
House of Pain has a lengthy IMDb profile thanks mostly to 'Jump Around' -- which has been featured in over over 40 films and TV shows -- including 'Mrs. Doubtfire' (1993), 'Happy Gilmore' (1996), 'Black Hawk Down' (2001), 'Veronica Mars' (in 2006), 'My Name Is Earl' (in 2007), 'Parks and Recreation' (in 2011), 'New Girl' (in 2012), 'Jack Reacher' (2012), 'Turbo' (2013), 'War Dogs' (2016), 'Bridget Jones's Baby' (2016) and more.
21. Chip Jingle
In the late 90s, 'Jump Around' became a jingle for a Pringles ad featuring the brand's mustachioed mascot rapping the lyrics.
22. Anti-Trump Anthem
But House of Pain isn't cool with letting just anyone use their song. President Donald Trump got into trouble for playing it at rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign. When HoP frontman Everlast found out, he tweeted a cease-and-desist order.
"Hey @realDonaldTrump stop using my song jump around at your rallies you piece of shit. Cease and desist is coming you scumbag," Everlast wrote in a tweet that was later removed from his account (@OGEverlast).
23. Luck of the Scottish
But Everlast apparently has no problem with world champion dart thrower Gary Anderson using the track as his walk-on music. Yes, that is a thing in professional darts as well as WWE Wrestling.
24. Musical Duel
Last month, Jimmy Fallon used 'Jump Around' to lip-synch battle with Shaquille O'Neal and Pitbull on an episode of The Tonight Show.
25. Shamrocks and Shenanigans
The music video for 'Jump Around' was filmed during the 1992 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.
Banner image: Danny Boy and Everlast are House of Pain, 2011 (wikipedia.org)