How Bizarre (song)

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"How Bizarre"
Single by OMC
from the album How Bizarre
Released December 15, 1995
Format CD single
CD maxi single
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop-rap
Length 3:43 (Album version)
Label Huh! Records
Songwriter(s) Alan Jansson
Pauly Fuemana
Producer(s) Alan Jansson
OMC singles chronology
"We R the OMC"
"How Bizarre"
"Right On"
"We R the OMC"
"How Bizarre"
"Right On"

"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. Outside New Zealand, the song is considered a one-hit wonder, whereas OMC had further successful singles in New Zealand, including "Land of Plenty".[1] 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, rapping, throwing around money and breathing fire.[2] It was a second version, directed by Lee Baker, and released very late in 1995 just as "How Bizarre" went to number one in NZ.[3] Shot on a soundstage in Ponsonby and at Ellerslie Racecourse for a budget of $7,000 from NZ On Air,[3] it was shown on US networks about 15,000 times in 1997 and 1998. Besides Pauly, it features backing vocalist Sina Saipaia,[4] and a Filipino man named Hill who stood in for Brother Pele.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song won the award for "Single of the Year" at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.[6] 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.

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. Because of rules in place at the time, the song was not allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it topped the Mainstream Top 40 for a week, then called the Pop Singles. It was also Number One on Rick Dees Top 40 and Kaey Kasem's American Top 40. It also peaked at number 4 on the Airplay chart.[7] The single was number one for two weeks in Austria, three weeks in Ireland,[6] three weeks in New Zealand[6] and five weeks in Australia.[6] On 9 February 2010, the song re-entered the New Zealand charts at number 40 after Fuemana's death.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
New Zealand 15 December 1995 (1995-12-15)
Europe 8 July 1996 (1996-07-08)
United States 25 February 1997 (1997-02-25)[22]


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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