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Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Join us on a voyage all the way back to this day in 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have a whole heap of hits you’ve forgotten about, or never knew about in the first place, plus three of the week’s new entries on the album chart, which is becoming increasingly difficult as we get past the peak Christmas release period. All this plus a review of the day’s news, TV and Radio highlights, gigs, a quick jaunt through the Belgian chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Which pop superstars achieved their last ever top ten hit this week?
  • Who helped his former backing band into the chart by singing on their record?
  • And who wasn’t singing about political reformists in the Ottoman empire?

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!

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

This Virtual CD is actually a virtual double LP! As part of our celebrations of 100 Now That’s What I Call Music albums, we’ve come up with this hypothetical example of what the first Now of the 1980s might have … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

It’s the end of the year and the end of an era on Off The Chart, as Steve and Julian take you back to 1981 and find a chart so full of comedy, novelty and just plain weird records that … read more

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Need something to help you through the Christmas wrapping? Join Steve and Julian for a trip back to 1982 in this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and happenstance. As always we’ve got a brace of hits you don’t often hear on a … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Things have changed on this week’s Off The Chart, but only ever so slightly. In fact you might not even notice the difference as Steve and Julian whisk you back to 11 August 1981 for two hours of not-very-well remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on Off The Chart to take in one of the most depressing days in musical history. That’s just the way the dates fall. But never mind, it makes the featured album very … read more

Off The Chart: 21 October 1982

We’re going back to this very day in 1982 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian guide us gently through the week’s hits – some big, some small, some not as big as you remember and some you probably … read more

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Back to the summer of 1983 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dig out some of the week’s forgotten hits, pluck an obscure track from an international chart and play the top five singles in full. … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 June 2017

"ABBA Gold" 2017 gold vinyl edition

As always at this time of year, Glastonbury propels a number of “heritage acts” back into the album chart, not least the Bee Gees whose contradictorily titled Timeless – The All-Time Greatest Hits enters at #9 following Barry Gibb’s performance … read more