Off The Chart

Off The Chart: 9 July 1988Every 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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9 July 1988

The cycle never stops – no sooner have we come to the end of one dexy than we’re starting another one! It’s 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart, with the usual mixture of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, an international hit, the Arthur Dent Moment, a look at the day’s events and the top five singles in full. Which legendary band finally enjoyed a second top 40 hit eight years after their first? Which former teen idol returned in a band that sounded like a firm of solicitors? And who became the youngest person ever to write, perform and produce a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100? Tune in and find out!

 

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For even older editions of Off The Chart visit 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!