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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: Long Hot Summer

Virtual CD of the Month: Long Hot Summer

Following the stunning revelation in the Daily Express that summer is now expected to carry on until autumn, August 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month contains nearly 80 minutes of extended 12″ grooves to get you through this long hot … 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: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

We’re off back to this day in 1981 for another two hours of hits, headlines and honeycomb on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Come back to this very day in 1981 as Steve and Julian excavate the UK singles chart! There’ll be lots of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album of the week, … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 31 March 2017

Fleetwood Mac "Tango in the Night" deluxe edition

Not much to report on the album chart this week, which is just as well as nobody has bothered to update it on the Official Charts website, but the Jesus & Mary Chain enter at 16 with their first album … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 3 March 2017

The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme)

Obviously a high proportion of viewers watched the Brit Awards on catch-up last week as George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen returns to the top ten at number 8, followed by Twenty Five leaping twenty-seven places to 45 and The Final … read more