Sometimes for reasons beyond explanation, things just take time. For example, on February 12, 2012 Paul McCartney became star number 2,460 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame decades after his band The Beatles and all his bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all had already received the honor.
I recently caught wind of a similar injustice but this time in the world of hip-hop. I am friends with Danny Boy O’Connor, the founding member and creator of American-Irish rap group House of Pain. We casually started talking about the making of their self-titled debut album that went multi-platinum and spawned the stadium anthem “Jump Around“.
I asked Danny Boy, at what bar was the back cover photo of Everlast, DJ Lethal and himself taken?
A bit agitated, O’Connor told me the photo was taken in early 1992 at Tom Bergin’s Tavern on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Opened by lawyer Tom Bergin in 1936, it is one of the oldest restaurant/bars in continuous operation in L.A. and is considered by Angelino’s as an institution.
The tavern is known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration and its tradition of placing cardboard shamrocks on the walls to memorialize the names of its customers. Among the famous names with shamrocks are Tommy Lasorda, Kiefer Sutherland, Ronald Reagan and Cary Grant.
And that is why Danny Boy is a bit upset. He told me a story about how he went back Tom Bergin’s 20 years after the photo to meet some friends for dinner. While he was there he decided to ask management how he could go about getting a House of Pain shamrock on the wall/roof to go along with the other several thousand shamrocks at the pub. A pretty simple request from a group that immortalized their bar on their album but that’s where things got weird. Danny Boy said:
“I told them who I was and that we had shot the album photos there and I thought it would be great if we could get a “House Of Pain” shamrock on the wall to commemorate the history we had there. Long story, short he/they did nothing but give me the run around”
House of Pain even took additional promotional photos outside the pub that same day in 1992.
Last night, on leap day February 29, 2016, we met up with for dinner at Tom Bergin’s and I took this photo of Danny Boy, 24 years later in the same spot where the original House of Pain photo was taken.
Now it’s time to get the Shamrock up at Tom Bergin’s Irish House of Coffee. Calling on all House of Pain fans to send emails, Facebook messages, make a phone call, leave messages or even stop in the bar and KINDLY ask management for a “House of Pain” shamrock. With your help maybe we can get the elusive shamrock up by St. Patrick’s Day 2016 and even have a little formal celebration at the bar!!!
PLEASE KEEP IT RESPECTABLE!!!
Click the photo below to go to the official Tom Bergin’s Facebook page and start the movement.
UPDATE: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Within a few hours of this post going live, Tom Bergin’s received so many messages that they contacted Danny Boy from House of Pain and promised to raise a Shamrock in their honor at a ceremony to be held in the very near future. Here is the official reply from the pub…
On May 30. 2016 with the help of our story, Danny Boy & House of Pain finally were immortalized with their own paper Shamrock!!! Congrats and glad feelnumb.com could be of service!!!