1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Happy New (old) Year! Come back to the first week of 1986 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart and try to overlook the fact that it’s only three weeks since we did December 1985. Still, there’ll be the usual mix of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, the International Chart Entry Of The Week and the top five in full. There’s also your regular forfeit track as a punishment for not backing us on Patreon. Which band were turned into cartoon characters for their difficult third album? Which “singer of songs with a message” was making unexpected inroads into daytime television? And why did Steve Harley have a statutory right of entry to your home? Click PLAY to find out!

 



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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!

More from 1986

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Come back in time with us as Steve and Julian revisit the UK singles chart of this day in 1986 on another Off The Chart! They’ll unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 19 August 1986

Off The Chart: 19 August 1986

Come with us back to August 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian uncover some of the week’s forgotten hits, review the day’s events, play three tracks from the week’s featured album, plus a track from that … read more

Off The Chart: 10 June 1986

Off The Chart: 10 June 1986

It’s 1986 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less well remembered hits, which include a record from the ’70s, a musician from the ’50s and a band who claimed to be … read more

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

No fooling, we’re going back to 1986 this week on Off The Chart to look at the UK singles chart from this week 31 years ago. There’s some hits you remember, some you probably don’t, three tracks from a featured … read more

Off The Chart: 21 January 1986

Off The Chart: 21 January 1986

On this week’s Off The Chart we’re looking at the hits of January 1986! Steve and Julian play a selection of hits you don’t hear very often, three tracks from the featured album and the top five in full. Who … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

We’ve received a leaflet… but we’re still carrying on with the UK singles chart of 12 November 1986 in this week’s Off The Chart! There’s hits from Fuzzbox, New Order, Kate Bush, a featured album from Kraftwerk and an all-female … read more

Off The Chart: 3 September 1986

Off The Chart: 3 September 2016

Time to discover with absolute horror that all these records are thirty years old! We’re looking at the chart of 3 September 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart, as Steve and Julian play some of the hits you don’t … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Steve and Julian take another slightly skew-whiff look at an ’80s chart, this week going back to 1986. Meet the man with two body parts in his name, hear Julian confess to a serious crime and play Six Degrees of … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more