Lead singer Pauly Fuemana was a gang member in Auckland, New Zealand before achieving pop immortality with this song. He received his musical training in a New Zealand juvenile prison. Pauly Fuemana died after suffering from an illness for several months on January 31, 2010, aged 40.
OMC stands for Otara Millionaires Club, after the neighborhood in Auckland where Fuemana grew up. It's a somewhat fanciful name, as the Auckland suburb of Otara is a ghetto/slum.
Tariqa - Hamilton, New Zealand
This reached #1 in eight different countries, the first of which was New Zealand in early 1996. Others include Australia, Canada, and the US (on the Mainstream Top 40 chart).
The album How Bizarre didn't get released until 1997, over a year after the single was first released, because they had not completed the remaining tracks.
Despite being a big radio hit, peaking at #4 on the Airplay/Radio Songs, the song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100. The reason being it was released as a radio-only promo single, and was thus ineligible to chart on the Hot 100 according to rules in place at the time.
The other influential musical presence on this album is producer Alan Jansson whose only major credit is this song, which he co-wrote.
The song won the award for "Single of the Year" at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.