Music: New Zealand Music Month – OMC

DebE —  May 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Probably the ultimate One Hit Wonder as far as NZ music goes … OMC (Otara Millionaires Club – a tongue-in-cheek reference to Otara’s status as one of the poorest suburbs of Auckland). You might have actually heard of this one – it did quite well internationally. Looking on Wikipedia, I see that is reached number 1 in the US, Canada, Australia and, of course, in New Zealand. Unfortunately, leader singer Pauly Fuemana died in 2010 after various health issues.

Of course, it was also ripped off in the form of the song “Stole My Car”:




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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