The group House of Pain came out with the song “Jump Around” in 1992. Whether you’re a rap/hip hop fan or not you couldn’t deny the infectiousness on display. To this day, I can’t help bobbing my head in tune, despite my inability to understand the majority of the lyrics.
I have a hard time taking Insane Clown Posse (and their whole “juggalo” lifestyle/mythos/concept/whatever) seriously, and their version of “Jump Around” is no exception. This may be the only time I’ve actually listened to them. And hopefully it shall be the last. (See the things I do for you guys?).
This is horrid. At least the original had bite and authenticity to it. ICP just seems like a wan, poorly executed parody, done by posers.
Speaking of horrid – let’s have Vanilla Ice take a stab at it. It’s kind of a thrash metal garbage plate full of unpleasant pointlessness.
And now we have Limp Bizkit’s contribution. Nothing really noteworthy happens during this. It was fairly inoffensive, pretty much lacking in artistic merit and full of meh.
Founding House of Pain member Everlast, performed a toned down acoustic version on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. His voice is older and more gravelly, and I really like that. He sings with the voice of a man who’s lived, and not a young teen full of braggadocio. It’s very considered and chill. And … I’m still bobbing my head to it.
Just trying something different here. Totally not my normal style. The first couple of lines just randomly popped into my head and I ran with it
you between shawties
& I’m between dudes
so why don’t we get together
and you & I can screw
you know you got the digits
so hit me up sometime
i’ll let you put it on me
and we can have a grind
i’ll work ya like a pro
that i can’t deny
you be nuttin so hard
you think you ’bout ta die
so come check out this cutty
i’ll check your piece a wood
gettin’ down to bidness
then we can ride it good
For the Amy Poehler video, skip to 0:57. The first part is just a bunch of talking heads.
(Notice Gwyneth is nowhere to found. But you can click on her name if you really want to be subjected to her “rap”)
Okay – that’s not really true. I like it, but not at Christmas. It’s like an overdosing of love and peace and joy and “happy, happy, happy” and forced familial frivolity (ooh –alliteration) coupled with Black Friday/Altamonte-level stampedes.
I can listen to it, at length, in the summertime. Weird, huh? And it’s not the usual stuff that get’s musak-ed to death, either. I prefer the nutty, Dr. Demento-type songs: Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy, Christmas Don’t be Late – The Chipmunks, The Twelve Days of Christmas – Bob and Doug McKenzie, Santa Claus and His Old Lady – Cheech and Chong, Walking Round in Women’s Underwear – Bob Rivers, Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle, Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
Or just other non-traditional songs cover versions: Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney, Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers, Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms, Do They Know it’s Christmas?* – BandAid
(although it feels wrong to just cheerily sing along), Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys, Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles, Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins, Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town
by Bruce Springsteen, So This is Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon, Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley, Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano.
My favorite, though, would have to be Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. I found it on Youtube. That led me to cover versions that I never knew existed: one by The Donnas (not bad) and one by The Spice Girls (um … no!)
Listen and let me know what you think in the comments.
*Do They Know it’s Christmas- BandAid. I have no musical cred whatsoever, but I think this is much better song than “We Are the World”. It’s just not something that lends itself to being played at any time of the year.