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House of Pain will 'Jump Around' at The Crazy Donkey

House of Pain played the Crazy Donkey in

House of Pain played the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on April 7, 2011.

Depending on your age or musical preference, the phrase "Jump Around" likely means something different.

If you're a baby boomer or part of Generation Y, you might think it refers to frequent leaping or what one is instructed to do when a star player hits a home run to tie the game. But if you're from Generation X, you probably think of the gigantic hip-hop one-hit wonder scored in 1992 by the group House of Pain.

Led by Long Island-born rapper Erik "Everlast" Schrody, above at right, it was (seemingly) played every day in every single dance club in Nassau and Suffolk for a few years after its release. Uniquely packaged as the first Irish rap group, House of Pain was accepted by fans of hip-hop and rock alike, and had a fairly long run of touring and lesser-but-still-enjoyed successful singles and albums.

Everlast himself didn't last with the band, however. By the late '90s he had converted himself into an alternative rock star whose 1998 song, "What It's Like," also found a time of massive airplay -- but this time on Top 40 and pop radio.

Now coming home and full-circle, Schrody has reunited with House of Pain partner-in-rhyme Danny Boy, above at left, and reformed the group -- and come 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, they'll be playing The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale.

If you choose to "jump" for a ticket in advance, the price is $25; they go up to $29 at the door.


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