OMC release ‘How bizarre’

15 December 1995

CD single cover for OMC’s ‘How bizarre’ (Audioculture)

It may have been the mariachi trumpets, the gently rapped lyrics or that ‘making-me-crazy’ chorus, but whatever the reason, ‘How bizarre’ by the South Auckland group Otara Millionaires Club (OMC) became one of the most successful songs ever recorded in New Zealand.

Produced by Alan Jansson, who co-wrote the song with singer Pauly Fuemana, ‘How bizarre’ was released by huh! Records. It reached number one in Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand, and spent 36 weeks on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, peaking at number 4. It also won Single of the Year at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards. It is thought the single sold between three and four million copies worldwide.

The iconic music video, which cost $7000 (equivalent to more than $11,000 in 2020) to make, soon followed. Shot in Auckland, it featured Fuemana and backing vocalist Sina Saipaia driving a red Chevy Impala around the gardens at Ellerslie Racecourse.

After Fuemana died at the age of 40 in 2010, ‘How bizarre’ re-entered the New Zealand singles charts.

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Posted: 14 Jan 2020

'...and spent 36 weeks on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, peaking at number 4 '- this is incorrect, it peaked at number one and was the first nz song ever to achieve this (refer to Simon Grigg's book 'How Bizarre'. ). Please update this information. Thanks