1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

It’s 1986 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we spend a couple of hours looking at the UK singles chart from 34 years ago. There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s big albums, a review of the day’s events, a look at the TV, radio and gig highlights, a quick sniff around the German singles chart, and the top five singles in full.

  • Who only got to number 54 with song that’s been number one for four different acts?
  • Who released over a hundred albums but only ever had one UK hit single?
  • And which singer once lost a TV talent show to a singing dog?

Tune in and find out!

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Now 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’re now putting the talky bits together into a podcast! In this week’s episode Steve and Julian discuss Frank Sinatra’s 1980 triple concept album, reveal why Jim Tavaré is more successful than Justin Timberlake, and turn a family disco group into a kids’ cartoon show. It’ll all 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: 10 December 1986

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

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Off The Chart: 1 October 1986

Off The Chart: 1 October 1986

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Now Parlez 8

Now Parlez 8 artwork

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Now Parlez 7

Now Parlez 7 artwork

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Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Polish your helicopters, don your ginger wigs and come back to this day in 1986 for a special Royal Wedding edition of Off The Chart! Among the street parties and random tossing of confetti there’ll be the usual brace of … read more

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

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Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

We’re heading back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a load of less obvious hits from this week’s chart, plus three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

It’s almost Christmas, but let’s ignore that for now as we go back to 1986 to revisit a Christmas chart with almost no festive records in it at all! Steve and Julian bring you another two hours of half-forgotten hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Come back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and happy-ever-afters on this week’s Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian scour the week’s UK singles chart for half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Whether you’re calling all the heroes or just putting on some camouflage and fighting for yourself, you can take a couple of hours off to listen to this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian are dragging us back to … read more

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

It’s another bank holiday weekend and Steve and Julian have taken to the beach for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash as they revisit this day in 1986 – there’s the … read more