Song of the Day – “Jump Around,” House of Pain

Welcome back!  We’re setting the tone this week on another mood-setting Monday (Moody Monday?  I named it last week, forgot what I called it!) with something from back when I was a kid.

Gangsta rap, something that was mainly underground during the 80’s, was becoming mainstream around the time I hit middle school in 1990/1991.  Towards the end of the 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s rappers like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were the ones making it cool, while Dr. Dre would drop “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” in 1992.  When you’re a kid, the lyrics don’t matter that much; if it had a cool beat, you danced to it.

This was one of those songs with a cool beat, a simple chorus, and something so simple to dance to that almost anyone can do it:  All you had to do was jump at the right times.  It was one of those songs that had to be played at least once at every school and Boys Club dance, and one where only a few did not participate.

One thing that surprises me, however, is that it’s still popular amongst sporting events:  in some places, such as the University of Wisconsin, it’s a big deal.  As you can see below, the whole student section gets involved all the way through the first chorus.  You can read more about it here:  http://college.answers.com/sports/history-of-the-university-of-wisconsins-jump-around-tradition  .

That’s the kind of mood we need to start the week off with:  Something that’ll make you bounce!

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