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In Music

OMC the musical group is most famous for the 1996 song, "How Bizarre."

OMC: Not just a local, online magazine


OnMilwaukee.com readers often refer to the site as "OMC," but it's certainly not the only OMC out there.

For example, there's the one-hit wonder band from Auckland, New Zealand called OMC whose claim to fame is the song "How Bizarre." The band's name is an acronym for "Otara Millionaires Club," which is meant to be ironic because Otara, aside from being where the band members grew up, is the poorest suburb in Auckland.

Originally, OMC the band consisted of Pauly Fuemana, his brother Phillip Fuemana and writer / producer Alan Jansson. The urban pop group broke up in 1995, but (Pauly) Fuemana continues to tour on his own, using the OMC name and performing OMC material along with traditional Polynesian music. Aside from "How Bizarre," Fuemana scored a local hit with the song, "We Are The OMC."

In 2002, "How Bizarre" ranked No. 71 on VH-1's "100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders" hosted by William Shatner.

Today, Fuemana collaborates with friend Lucy Lawless, a New Zealand singer and actress who is best known as Xena from the television series "Xena: Warrior Princess." The two released a single in January 2007 called "4 All of Us" and continue to work together.

Although Fuemana is a former gang member who spent time in juvenile prison, as an adult, he's a dedicated family man and the father of five children. He recently stopped his rigorous touring schedule to grieve the death of his mother, but says he plans to go back on tour soon, and would like to come to Milwaukee.

"If you want me to do a gig in Milwaukee, just say the word, and I'll do a show in Milwaukee," says Fuemana, who is half-Miore (indigenous Polynesian people in New Zealand) and half-Niuean. (Niue is an island off the coast of New Zealand.)

Other OMCers include the Oregon Mountain Company, a camping and outdoor sport shop in Portland, and the Olifant Manufacturing Company in South Africa that makes armored vehicles. OMC is also a stock symbol for the Omnicom Group, Inc.

Talkbacks

EliCash | Nov. 24, 2007 at 9:56 a.m. (report)

That song never fails to make me laugh and smile....its got some really humorous lyrics... "...wanna know the rest? Hey- Buy the rights!"

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