How Bizarre

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About How Bizarre

"How Bizarre" is a 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 five countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Outside New Zealand, OMC are generally considered a one-hit wonder; they had a further few successful singles in New Zealand, including "Land of Plenty". The song was featured in the 1998 movies Palmetto and Disney's The Parent Trap and plays at the start of the first episode of the second season of American sitcom Clueless.  


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Brother Pele's in the back
Sweet Zina's in the front
Cruisin' down the freeway in the hot, hot sun
Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind
Loud voice booming
Please step out onto the line
Pele preaches words of comfort
Zina just hides her eyes
Policeman taps his shades
Is that a Chevy '69?

How bizarre
How bizarre, how bizarre

Destination unknown, as we pull in for some gas
Freshly pasted poster reveals a smile from the past
Elephants and acrobats, lions snakes monkey
Pele speaks "righteous," Sister Zina says "funky"

How bizarre
How bizarre, how bizarre

Ooh, baby, ooh, baby
It's making me crazy, it's making me crazy
Every time I look around (look around)
Every time I look around (Every time I look around)
Every time I look around
It's in my face

Ring master steps out and says "the elephants left town"
People jump and jive, but the clowns have stuck around
TV news and cameras, there's choppers in the sky
Marines, police, reporters ask where, for and why
Pele yells, "we're outta here," Zina says, "right on"
We're making moves and starting grooves before they knew we were gone
Jumped into the Chevy and headed for big lights
Wanna know the rest, hey, buy the rights

How bizarre
How bizarre, how bizarre

Ooh, baby, ooh, baby
It's making me crazy, it's making me crazy
Every time I look around (look around)
Every time I look around (Every time I look around)
Every time I look around
It's in my face
It's in my face

Ooh, baby, ooh, baby
It's making me crazy, it's making me crazy
Every time I look around (look around)
Every time I look around (Every time I look around)
Every time I look around
It's in my face

Ooh, baby, ooh, baby
It's making me crazy, it's making me crazy
Every time I look around (look around)
Every time I look around (look around)
Every time I look around
It's in my face

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OMC

OMC, or Otara Millionaires Club, was a New Zealand music group. They were best known for their 1996 hit "How Bizarre", named one of the greatest New Zealand songs of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association. The full name of the band is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Otara's status as one of the poorest suburbs of Auckland. more »

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Written by: Alan Leo Jansson, Paul Fuemana

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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10 facts about this song

Chart Success
"How Bizarre" reached No.1 on the music charts in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. It also reached No.4 in the United States and No. 5 on the United Kingdom charts, demonstrating its international success.
Record Sales
The song was more than just a chart topper. It had massive sales too, selling over 1.6 million copies in Australia and New Zealand combined, earning it a triple platinum certification.
Band Rarity
OMC, the band who recorded "How Bizarre," is one of the rare cases where a band from New Zealand has achieved significant international success, as it made major inroads in markets like America and Canada.
One-hit Wonder
Despite the enormous success of "How Bizarre," OMC never managed to produce another hit of similar magnitude, making them a textbook "one-hit wonder."
Cover Versions
Given its popularity, "How Bizarre" has been covered by numerous artists across different genres, including a pop-punk version by the group Insane Clown Posse.
90s Classic
The song was released in December 1995 and rapidly gained popularity, making "How Bizarre" a staple of 90s pop culture.
Music Video
The music video, directed by Lee Baker, was a quirky take on a roadside stop that featured circus performers, illustrating the "bizarre" theme of the song.
Grammy Consideration
"How Bizarre" was considered for the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" in 1998.
Death of Lead Singer
The lead singer of OMC, Pauly Fuemana, passed away in 2010, effectively ending any potential for a band comeback.
Use in Media
The song's catchy melody and lyrics have led to its use in various films and television shows, including "The Parent Trap" and "Blood Drive."

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