1987

Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

We’ve crammed a surprising amount into this week’s Off The Chart, including a metric shedload of obscure, forgotten and overlooked hits from this day in 1987. We’ve also shoehorned in three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a track from the Canadian chart and a song from a John Peel session broadcast on this day, and still somehow found room for all six songs in this week’s top five. Phew.

  • Who had top 40 hits with two different surnames, but not with a combination of the two?
  • Who got the original of a club classic into the top ten by talking over it?
  • And which iconic duo broke up because one of them had to go to Monaco for his day job?

Tune in and find out!


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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!

More from 1987

Off The Chart: 6 July 1987

Off The Chart: 6 July 1987

We’re back to a less controversial edition of Off The Chart this week as we revisit the UK chart from this day in 1987. Along the way we’ll pick up a few of the day’s goings-on, three of the new … read more

Off The Chart: 27 April 1987

Off The Chart: 27 April 1987

Tuesday again? Must be time for another edition of Off The Chart! This week we’re going back to this day in 1987 for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

It’s 1987 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we uncover some of the week’s hits that you haven’t heard for years, if ever. As usual we’ll be peppering them with three of the week’s big new … read more

Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

It’s beginning to look a tiny bit like Christmas on Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1987! Join us for two hours of hits of varying levels of familiarity, tracks from all the new entries … read more

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

This week’s Off The Chart is brought to you in association with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, due to the continued unreliability of the Official Charts website, but we’ll still endeavour to bring you a shedload of unfamiliar … read more

Off The Chart: 21 July 1987

21 July 1987

This week’s Off The Chart promises to be extra special as Steve and Julian are back in the same studio for the first time since March! They’re going back to this day in 1987 to gather up a brace of … read more

Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Despite the confusion over lockdown rules, it’s perfectly safe to listen to this week’s Off The Chart at the same time as everyone else! Stay at home and join us for two hours of forgotten hits from this day in … read more

Off The Chart: 3 March 1987

Off The Chart: 3 March 1987

Join us on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the singles chart from this day in 1987, which was already full of old songs due to their use in films and TV ads. Still, we’ll pick through them … read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank… ah no, my mistake, it’s the Off The Chart studio. Join us later than usual at 10pm for a festive sleigh ride through the Christmas chart of 1987! There’ll be the … read more

Now Parlez 10

Now Parlez 10

Join Steve and Julian as they take time out from their weekly Off The Chart show to rummage in the back of the wardrobe for another Now album! This time they’re playing tracks from Now That’s What I Call Music … read more

Off The Chart: 15 October 1987

Off The Chart: 15 October 1987

Whether you’re getting a job, joining the army or just playing records at a high degree of amplification, come back to 1987 with us on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered … read more