OMC, or Otara Millionaires Club, was a music group from Auckland, New Zealand 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.
Origin (1993-1995)The Otara Millionaires Club was originally formed in 1993 by Phil Fuemana, who was previously in the bands "Houseparty" and "Fuemana". Fuemana and his younger brother, Pauly Fuemana, recorded two tracks as the new band for producer Alan Jansson's Urban Pacifica collection Proud.Pauly suggested that they shorten the band's name to just the initials, and thereafter, he and Jansson were "OMC". Pauly became the public face of the band and its primary performer, serving as the frontman and playing several instruments during performances and tours. However, the music was created by both of them, with Jansson co-writing all of the tracks and handling most of the arrangement and production duties in the studio.
"How Bizarre" (1995-1997)Signed to Simon Grigg's huh! label, OMC released the single "How Bizarre" in New Zealand in late 1995. It was an immediate smash hit even without a video, reaching number one in early 1996 and staying there for three weeks. It sold over 35,000 copies, a figure still......