Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for "How Bizzare"

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.


20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll refrain from playing it, as I don't want it stuck in my head.
Dead from heart attack at forty-one? That is scary.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't even need to play it to have it stuck in my head. As soon as I saw the title, I groaned. Sigh.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
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Robin said...

I played it. I don't think this will become an earworm for me. I actually like this song. It's upbeat and a great dance tune.

I didn't know that about Phil dying at 41. Wow. That is incredibly sad. And it is a reminder that life is short, so make sure you are living it.

Pat Dilloway said...

That was a catchy song. Too bad the one guy's dead now. How bizarre, how bizarre.

David P. King said...

You just took me back in time to my high school days. :)

Kyra Lennon said...

You just had to write the words "How Bizarre" and that was enough to get me singing it!

I never really disliked the song, I only dislike the fact that it gets lodged in your head for hours lol.

Tony Laplume said...

I like this one. How bizarre!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

My friend James is an eighties expert. I bet he's heard of this song.

Elsie Amata said...

I wish I had done like Alex and not hit play. I only played it for about five seconds and you're right, it ear wormed it's way in my brain.

Elsie
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Melanie Schulz said...

I had no idea he died. And at 41- that's scary.

Mel Chesley said...

Not a huge fan of this song, either. But it does get in the brain. Dropping by from the A-Z Challenge!

The Desert Rocks & Intangible Hearts said...

I remember like this one but maybe I'm weird. Wow, 41?

mooderino said...

I miss videos with random breakdancing in them. Although sadly no rapper suddenly appearing halfway through to add his thoughts, which I also used to love.

mood

Kara Leigh Miller said...

Wow! I absolutely love this theme! I'm a huge one hit wonder fan. And these songs bring back so many memories. I will be checking back daily :-)

S. L. Hennessy said...

Oh gosh, I remember that song. It was a big hit. And now it's stuck in my head...

Jenna Howard said...

Ugh this song!

jaybird said...

That IS totally one of those songs you get stuck in your head and can't get the tune out.

N J Magas said...

Haha, I actually really liked this song, back in the day, and I still play it from time to time now.

sonworshiper said...

I'm only echoing comments from others about how easily this song got stuck in my head. I hated it at first - maybe it was a little too bizarre? But then I found myself bobbing along to the music, much to my shame.
Popped in from the A-Z. I like your theme for posts this year. Almost halfway there!

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