Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!
There are some great one-hit wonders that just have that ability to bury itself into your brain. These "earworms" can be good or bad, and it's usually bad. O.M.C.'s "How Bizarre" is an example of a song-disease that just won't leave you alone.
I'll be honest. I HATE this song. But somehow, someway, "How Bizarre" became a big hit here in America back in 1997. In fact, this infectious song spent a stunning THIRTY TWO weeks in the Top 40 Charts, peaking at #1.
O.M.C., as a band, does have an interesting story. The band's name is an acronym for Otara Millionaires Club, which is ironic since Otara is the poorest area in New Zealand. The song was a big hit in Australia in 1995, and slowly spread like a zombie-apocalypse all over the world. The song hit America in 1997 and got so much airplay, I think radio stations brainwashed people into falling in love with the song.
By 1998, the band was in trouble. The two main songwriting members, Phil Fuemana and Alan Jansson had a falling out. They reunited in 2005, but "How Bizarre" would be their only big hit in the U.S. Sadly, Phil Fuemana would die of a heart attack in 2007 at the age of 41.