1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

We’re off back to this day in 1981 for another two hours of hits, headlines and honeycomb on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, a look at the days events, an international hit and the top five singles in full, which takes an unusually long time this week. Which influential rockers only charted once but had an entire musical genre named after them? Which jazz musician made over fifty albums but only one hit single? And which instrumental hit is in the top forty twice, performed by two different acts but sounding almost identical? Tune in at 10am to find out!

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More from 1981

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Things have changed on this week’s Off The Chart, but only ever so slightly. In fact you might not even notice the difference as Steve and Julian whisk you back to 11 August 1981 for two hours of not-very-well remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

After last week’s excursion to the beach, Steve and Julian are back in the studio to bring you another two hours of hits, headlines and halibut on this week’s Off The Chart! They’re taking you back to this day in … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

We’re heading back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you another selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, … read more

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Come back to this very day in 1981 as Steve and Julian excavate the UK singles chart! There’ll be lots of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album of the week, … read more

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Join us as we go back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits from the week’s chart and discuss the day’s events. There’s also a track from the New Zealand chart, three … read more

Off The Chart: 17 June 1981

Off The Chart: 17 June 1981

We’re taking on the chart from this week in 1981 with two hours of hits, history and hilarity! Steve and Julian play some of the forgotten hits from the week’s singles chart, three tracks from a featured album, a hit … read more

“A reminder of a world that doesn’t care” – Top of the Pops, 20 August 1981

U2

An unusual choice for Top of the Pops presenter this week as we find ourselves watching the first edition ever to be hosted by an actual scarecrow! Ah no, sorry, false alarm, it’s just Dave Lee Travis in a big … read more

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

All the way back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less famous records in the week’s singles chart, three tracks from the album of the week and the top five … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

This week on Off The Chart we revisit the chart of 19 November 1981 with forgotten hits from Boney M, Bow Wow Wow and Spandau Ballet, a featured album from the Human League and the top five in full, plus … read more