An occasional series of random one hit wonders and this especially for my old pal Phil Munday (One Man Went To Moan) mostly because of his extraordinary mixtapes collection given me across the years . . . did it ('they' - ED!) ever include this one?
“How Bizarre” is a song by New Zealand musical group OMC [Otara Millionaires Club]. It was released in late 1995 as the lead single from their only album and went on to top the charts of at least five countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Later in the year the single went to number 5 in the UK Singles Chart and number one in countries across Europe and much of the rest of the world.
In the United States, "How Bizarre" spent 32 weeks on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, peaking at number one in August 1997 due to the large amount of radio play it received. This made OMC the first New Zealand artist to reach the number one spot on a Billboard chart. The song never charted on the regular Billboard Hot 100 as it was not released as a commercially available single the US, which was a chart-eligibility requirement at the time. It also became a BMI-certified "million airplay" song two years in a row.
Music & Media wrote about the song: “Polynesian pop with a twist. Pauly Fuemana has a gravelly, deep voice and a major rap attitude. The Spanish guitar, trumpet and the sweet female background vocals create a radio friendly mood.”