How Bizarre (song)

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"How Bizarre"
Single by OMC
from the album How Bizarre
Released 15 December 1995 (1995-12-15)
(See release history)
Format CD single, CD maxi single
Recorded 1995
Genre Dance-rock, hip hop
Length 3:43 (Album version)
Label huh! Records
Writer(s) Alan Jansson, Pauly Fuemana
Producer(s) Alan Jansson
OMC singles chronology
"Land of Plenty"
(1995)
"How Bizarre"
(1995)
"Right On"
(1996)

"How Bizarre" is a hit single written and recorded by New Zealand musical group OMC. It was released in December 1995 as the lead single from the group's debut album of the same name, and went on to top the charts in at least six countries. The song featured in 1998 movies Palmetto and Disney's The Parent Trap.

Music video[edit]

A music video was released to help promote the single. The video has the lead singer, Pauly Fuemana, driving a 1968 Chevrolet Impala. It also pictures him dancing, singing, throwing around money and breathing fire.

Critical reception[edit]

The song won the award for "Single of the Year" at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.[1] It was also featured on Nature's Best 2, as the 34th greatest New Zealand song of all time as voted for by members of the Australasian Performing Rights Association in 2001. In 2002, the song was named as the 71st greatest one-hit wonder of all time on a VH1 countdown hosted by William Shatner.

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
New Zealand 15 December 1995 (1995-12-15)
Europe July 1996 (1996-07)
United States 25 February 1997 (1997-02-25)

Chart performance[edit]

"How Bizarre" topped the singles charts in New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Canada and Ireland. It also topped the airplay chart in South Africa and peaked at 2 on the United States' Billboard Top 100.[2] The single was top for two weeks in Austria, three weeks in Ireland,[1] three weeks in New Zealand[1] and five weeks in Australia.[1] On 9 February 2010, the song re-entered the New Zealand charts at number 40 after Fuemana's death.

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
26 January 1996 – 9 February 1996 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let's Groove" by CDB
Preceded by
"One of Us" by Joan Osborne
Australian Charts number-one single
13 April 1996 – 18 May 1996
Succeeded by
"Fastlove" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Dancin' at the Crossroads" by The Wild Swans
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
14 September 1996 – 5 October 1996
Succeeded by
"Words" by Boyzone
Preceded by
"Break My Stride" by Unique II
Austrian Ö3 Singles Chart number-one single
3 November 1996 – 10 November 1996
17 November 1996 – 24 November 1996
Succeeded by
"Zehn kleine Jägermeister" by Die Toten Hosen
Preceded by
"Zehn kleine Jägermeister" by Die Toten Hosen
Succeeded by
"Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)" by Backstreet Boys
Preceded by
"Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge
Canada RPM number-one single
20 January 1997
Succeeded by
"Just Another Day" by John Mellencamp
Preceded by
"Bitch" by Meredith Brooks
US Top 40 Mainstream Chart number-one single
16 August 1997 – 23 August 1997
Succeeded by
"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

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