The whistling, swinging 1992 hip-hop anthem "Jump Around" turned Los Angeles-based House of Pain into MTV stars, but success didn't last long. With help from friends in Cypress Hill, the band followed up with hard-core records, but they flopped, and partners Danny Boy and Everlast broke up. Everlast went on to make a hit album, 1998's "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues," while Danny Boy spiraled into drugs, emerging clean and sober six years ago.
Danny Boy talked by phone from a North Carolina tour stop about the band's reunion, which brings it to Long Island tonight.
What has changed on tour since the first time around?
Everything. [Laughs.] I mean, when we were young, we were like kids in a candy store. Dude, it was like sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now . . . I'm looking at like a big bottle of amplified Wheybolic 65 [protein] powder, bananas, peanut butter, water.
When you and Everlast broke up, it hit you pretty hard.
Yeah, it did. It's tough when you had a big album, then trying to live up to the hype of "Jump Around" -- and we didn't want to live up to it. We didn't want to be MTV pop guys. We didn't want to be Right Said Fred. I started dabbling in hard drugs, getting into ecstasy and cocaine as a weekend thing, but by the time we were done, I was getting into methamphetamines. . . . It's a whole different ride this time. I get to see it with sober eyes and be accountable for my actions.
Can I ask Everlast about his Long Island roots for just a second?
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I was born in Long Island, and then my father, as a construction worker, moved to Cali for the business. The ups and downs of that sent my family back and forth. . . . We'd get on the train and go to the City and take pictures of graffiti. We'd be in my aunt's house Friday and Saturday nights recording Mr. Magic and DJ Red Alert, and taking all that . . . home [to California], and kind of being all big ---- , because we had access to that stuff nobody had access to.
WHO House of Pain
INFO Free; 631-923-1208
WHEN | WHERE 11:30 tonight, The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Rte. 110, Farmingdale
INFO $29; 631-753-1975, clubloaded.com