1981

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

You thought the news was grim these days? Join us for this week’s Off The Chart and you’ll be elated to discover things were just as grim on this day in 1981, if not more so. But at least the music was better! As always we’re bringing you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s big new albums and a look at what was happening in the world at large, plus a quick jaunt to South Africa to look at their top ten, and concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose last top 50 hit pre-empted a 1989 number one?
  • Who released a single in a sleeve that you could play as another single?
  • And what was the longest titled single ever to reach number one in the US?

Tune in and find out!

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There’s a podcast too!

For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! This week’s podcast looks at the day’s hits and events while straying into the murky world of “buy one, get one free” albums, more Kim Carnes facts than you’ve ever had in one place before, and the wild, wild world of Julian’s school science lessons. It’ll make sense if you listen.

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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

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Off The Chart: 25 February 1981

Off The Chart: 25 February 1981

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Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

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Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

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Off The Chart: 30 July 1981

Off The Chart: 30 July 1981

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Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

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Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

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Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

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Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

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Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

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Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

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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