Off The Chart: 28 April 1986

Off The Chart: 28 April 1986

You’ll be glad you stayed indoors for this week’s Off The Chart, because we’re looking at this day in 1986 and there’s a particularly grim news story that we can’t avoid. Still, we’ll make up for it with a load of hits you’ve at least half-forgotten, three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at the day’s other events, a romp through the Japanese top 20 and the top five singles in full.

  • Which two regular top 40 hitmakers collaborated on a single that stalled at number 80?
  • Which charity record was held up for nearly a year by record company shenanigans?
  • And who came back to life to warn about the dangers of drug abuse?

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 we’re unable to avoid A Very Serious And Historically Important News Item Indeed. Still, we’ll dance around it with a look at the UK singles and albums charts, Steve sticks his head in the chip pan and we discuss the surprising amount of necromancy in the top ten – it is a kind of magic, after all.

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Spotify playlists

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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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