By Alli Denning
We didn’t just whoop our way through the 90s; there was also a lot of jumping going on. Starting at the dawn of the decade with C+C Music Factory’s 1990 "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" we were encouraged to jump to the rhythm / jump jump to the rhythm jump. This chart-topping single spent two weeks in the top spot in 1991. It served as a warm-up for the year that really jumped: 1992.
Kris Kross – Jump (1992)
These guys were just 14 and 15 when their song "Jump" went to #1 in 1992 (although I gotta say that they look about 9 in the video). Atlanta natives Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith released their first album, Totally Krossed Out, on March 31 and promptly sold four million copies. "Jump" stayed in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was insanely infectious. And while I never did know what it means to wiggida wiggida wiggida wack, I challenge you to stay seated when Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac implore you to jump, jump.
Side note: Kriss Kross is a way easy costume for you and a pal for your next 90s party.
Jump Around – House of Pain (1992)
Who knew these guys were white? House of Pain, led by the rapper Everlast, was an Irish/American group that wore green while performing as a nod to their heritage. Wikipedia claims that the high pitched squeal you hear over and over is sampled from Prince’s song, "Gett Off", but whosampledwho.com has a different story. I can definitely hear that sample from Jr. Walker and the All Stars’ "Shoot Your Shot" in "Jump Around", can’t you?
Jump! – The Movement (1992)
As the intro spells out, this one was only for the hardcore. The Movement consisted of L.A. musicians AJ Mora, DJ Hazze and Richard "Humpty" Vission. If you want to be authentic (and your mom’s not around to overhear you) you can sing along with the original chorus. Instead of Jump, everybody jump!, the first version of the song’s chorus was Jump, motherf*er jump!
These songs not only dominated the charts of the early 90s, they spawned a whole dance style that just involved jumping up and down in place. For those of us that are dance-challenged, these were good years–even we (I am including you so I am not alone) looked like we knew what we were doing. Because, let’s face it, anybody can jump, jump, right?
Well, maybe not anybody…
Feeling fired up and ready to hit the dance floor? Check out this slammin’ dance tutorial and you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ just like Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy:
But don’t sweat it if you can’t follow the Kriss Kross moves–it’s all good. You can just crouch a bit, raise your hands and JUMP!