Off The Chart

Off The Chart: 1 October 1986Every week on Off The Chart Steve and Julian take a sideways look at the UK singles chart from the corresponding week in a particular ’80s year and play songs you don’t normally hear on a chart rundown. They also play a track each from three of the week’s new hit albums and look at another country’s singles chart, including a track that wasn’t a hit here. All this plus the day’s news headlines, TV and radio highlights and the gigs you might have been to that day, all wrapped up in two hours of music and mayhem.

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm UK time every Tuesday, catch the repeat at 2pm on Thursday, or catch up afterwards on Mixcloud.

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1 October 1986

It’s a special occasion on this week’s Off The Chart as we celebrate the birthday of all our listeners who haven’t told us when their birthday is! There’s cake for everyone – literally – and a host of hits large and small from this day in 1986. We’ll also have three of the week’s new hit albums, a sneaky peek at the Swedish chart, a review of the day’s events and the top five singles in full. Which ’70s band found themselves back in the chart with some help from an ’80s band? Whose second album was his third hit on the album chart? And whose Top of the Pops performance generated more complaints than any other in the history of the show? Tune in and find out!

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For older editions of Off The Chart stretching way back to April 2016, please visit our Mixcloud page.

Spotify playlists

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!