One Hit Wonders – How Bizarre

How Bizarre was probably the only major hit coming from New Zealand, a country with a small music scene compared to Australia, for example. Here’s the story:

OMC is short for Otara Millionaires Club and is a play on s a suburb of Auckland, in which not millionaires, but mainly poor workers live. Before founding the band the lead singer Pauly Fuemana was a gang member in Auckland, New Zealand. He received his musical training in a New Zealand juvenile prison. The band originally was formed by his brother Philip in 1993. In 1995 Philip leaves the band and Pauly Fuemana replaces him with keyboardist Alan Jansson. Pretty soon afterwards they released their debut single “We Are The OMC”,  which only had moderate success in their homeland. Still they managed to get signed with Huh ! Records with which they finally released their debut album, How Bizarre (1996 ), from which came their hit-single.

"The richest man in America said before you become successful you must always learn to fail first."

“They say before you become successful you must always learn to fail first,” Pauly Fuemana

How Bizarre written by Pauly Fuemana and Alan Jansson was their first single, produced by the latter and was released on CD and Maxi Single CD format.This song is about being the lead singer Pauly Fuemana being a gang member and juvenile in New Zealand. It reached # 1 of the New Zealand Charts in early 1996 and later became one of the few songs of this island to rank # 1 in Australia too. Eventually it became an international hit, reaching  #1 in 8 different countries including Australia, Canada, and the US. Touring alongside U2, Cheap Trick, The Cardigans, Cher, Smashing Pumpkins and the Wu-Tang clan, OMC even performed on an aircraft carrier as Bon Jovi’s support act. How Bizarre the single and album sold more than four million copies and netted $11 million in royalties. Pauly said in 2007 he received $5 million of that. He lived like a rock star driving a Hummer and gave vehicles and cash to his friends and family. But Pauly was also confronted with huge bills from overseas tours and was involved in a feud over his percentage of the royalties.In 2006, he was declared bankrupt. Liquidators said Pauly and his girlfriend’s luxurious lifestyle had not contracted when the royalties began to diminish.

Pauly died of pneumonia in 2010, aged 40, at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital. His older brother Phil and former band member died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 41.

Artist Match Up of the Week: Broods vs. Say Lou Lou

This weeks artist both have something in common, and that is that both are made of up sibling duos.

First Up…

Name: BROODS

Sounds Like:  The XX , Ellie Goulding,CHVRCHES

Label: Unsigned

Website: https://www.facebook.com/broodsmusic

Broods

BROODS is a brand-new brother-sister duo from Auckland, New Zealand. Georgia and Caleb Nott have recently released their debut track,  “Bridges”. Georgia has a sweet vocal tone similar to that of Ellie Goulding and Caleb’s progressive production is definitely note worthy.

MTV’s Noteworthy Blog states:

“On “Bridges,” Georgia plays simple repetition to the band’s strength, breathlessly chanting variations of “Now I’m burning all the bridges/ Watching it go up in flames” throughout. The result is like some brilliant cross between CHVRCHES and Ellie Goulding — a mellowed-out take on Physical Therapy‘s “Drone On” featuring Jamie Krasner. Needless to say, we’ve already added “Bridges” to our “FALL JAMZ” playlist, and we recommend that you do the same.”

Check it Bridges Below:

Their sounds is definitely a kind of alternative pop with heavy synth based production.   Being from New Zealand they worked with producer Joel Little who recently produced Lorde’s debut Album  Pure Heroine.  They are pretty new and have limited information about them online but if this song is any indication of their talent I can see some good things in their future.

Like what you hear?  Check out their SoudCloud for a free download of Bridges

Next Up…

Name: Say Lou Lou

Label: Columbia

Sounds Like: HAIM, Lykke Li, Lorde

Website: http://www.sayloulou.com/

Sayloulou

This twin sistter act hail from a Swedish-Australian background and have been creating some  buzz in the blogosphere over the last year with their  singles “Maybe You” and “Julian,” as well as their recent take on Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”   With their recent singing to Columbia Record the dua is prepping  their first major label EP called Better In The Dark on November 25.  Check out their music below.

They definitely have a dark melancholy vibe that matches well with their image. The songs are impeccably produced and showcase the duos effortless vocals.   The sound reminds me of a more pop sounding Lorde but with harmonies.

Conclusion

Both these sibling pairs definitely have a lot to offer and adapt current music trends and develop a unique sound.  I like the fact that Broods consists of a male and a female member opening up their audience a lot more.  On the other hand the twins in Say Lou Lou are both beautiful girls with good voices that sound well together.  With groups like HAIM rising in popularity there is definitely a market for Say Lou Lou but unfortunately I think they will be in direct competition with other prominent female acts like Katy Perry, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, etc. For that reason I think if I had to sign either it would be Broods.

What do you all think?  Who would you sign?