from the album Ponderous (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46
This week's "robbed hit" comes from the new wave band 2nu from Seattle, who had a left-field hit single with the spoken-word dance-pop novelty "This Is Ponderous". Seemingly inspired by such alternative dance acts like Art Of Noise, who had a top-40 hit with the similar-sounding "Paranoimia", vocalist Jock Blaney and songwriter Mike Nealy track the day of a man in a dream-like trance...
"This Is Ponderous" climbed to just above the halfway point on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart in February of 1991. It's remained a cult favorite among lovers of novelty records and art-dance music. The band didn't have any radio success since, though one of their compositions, "Crossroads", was used in Johnnie Walker ads and probably is more known that this single was.