Sunday, 31 May 2015

How bizarre. . .

NZ Music month - How bizarre by OMC (Otara Millionaires Club)

Pauly Fuemana hails from music royalty (with Christina Fuemana and Phil Fuemana and you could include arts royalty, if you count his cousin Dianna actor and playwright).  Pauly enjoyed great success with this track overseas.  It topped the charts in six countries and features in two movie soundtracks in 1998, Palmetto and The Parent Trap starring Lindsay Lohan.

Brother Pele's in the back, sweet Zina's in the front
And we're cruising down the freeway in the hot hot sun
Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind
Loud voice booming, "Please step out into the line"
Pele preaches words of comfort, Zina just hides her eyes
Policeman taps his shades, "Is that a Chevy 69?"

How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre. . . 

The thing I love the most about this song is how it tells a story.  It draws you into the characters and how they behave, it gives you examples of what bizarre incidents happen when you're hanging out with your friends.  The wackiness of some events are almost totally too weird as to be unbelievable if you were to relay these stories to other people.

Destination unknown as we pull in for some gas
Freshly pasted poster reveals a smile from the past
Elephants and acrobats, lions snakes monkeys
Pele speaks "righteous" sister Zina says "funky"

How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre. . . 

Those are the memorable times that I've shared with friends that we reminisce for hours on end.
It's like a twisted plot in a movie, where an evening starts off simple enough, but then it's like a chemical reaction happens when other people in different places are added to the mix and boom. combustion.

Ooh baby 
It's making me crazy
Everytime I look around
Everytime I look around
It's in my face. . . 

You know a song is popular when there a parody of it.
Stole my car became a cult classic in its own right when it was released.
The parody served a reminder of how much impact the song had in Aotearoa before the global proportions it reached as well.

Pauly Fuemana passed away in 2010 after battling poor health for a number of years.  He died of complications resulting in respiratory failture.  He wanted the rest of Aotearoa to see Otara and South Auckland in a positive light.  The media representation of poorer communities or low-socio economic areas can often label and stigmatise the populations living there as being less than they actually are.

I can't think of NZ Music month without his work :-)