Today RizzoMusic continues with the countdown of the Top 100 Songs of the 90s with one of my personal favorites, “How Bizarre” by OMC. Back in 1997 it was impossible to turn on the radio and not hear this song. Led by the undeniable sound of a mariachi trumpet, “How Bizarre” had such a distinct sound in the US, that the song was hard to ignore. Spending 36 weeks on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and peaking at #4, “How Bizarre” put the New Zealand band on the map. The album of the same name went on to sell over a million copies and it reached platinum status not only in the US but in several other countries as well.
OMC, which stands for Otara Millionaires Club, refers to one of the poorest suburbs in Auckland, New Zealand, where the band was formed. OMC was originally a band of about 18 members due to the rich amount of instruments played on their first and only album but before the their single even charted in the US, they disbanded. Pauly Fuemana, the front man of OMC, continued to use the name in his solo career. Unfortunately, due to his lack of success after “How Bizarre”, Pauly Fuemana filed for bankruptcy in 2006.
There is not much to this music video. It has the lead singer, Pauly Fuemana driving around in his Chevy ’69 just like described in the song. It pictures him dancing, singing and throwing around money. It’s a fairly simple music video. Check it out!
Interested in other songs from the countdown? Check out the other Top Songs of the 1990s here