It’s NZ Music Month and the Herald has partnered with NZ On Screen to bring you a music video of a classic New Zealand song every day of the month. Today’s flashback was our first independent record to achieve global success.

Today's Music Month Flashback is How Bizarre by OMC.

After a first music video was rejected, this version directed by Lee Baker was finished just as How Bizarre went to number one in New Zealand.

However, this version got to play its part internationally, as the song became a surprise worldwide hit.

Shot on a soundstage in Ponsonby and at Ellerslie Racecourse for a budget of $7,000, it was shown on US networks around 15,000 times in 1997 and 1998.


Singer Pauly Fuemana shares the video limelight with Sina Siapia, and a Filipino named Hill, who was enlisted after turning up to help out with the shoot - and became something of a celebrity in his homeland as a result.