Off The Chart

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!

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re somehow not around for any of the radio broadcasts, catch up on Mixcloud from Thursday evening.

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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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