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15 September 1986

Off The Chart: 15 September 1986

This week we’re shining a torch into the ear of 1986 on Off The Chart as we revisit the UK charts of this day 34 years ago. As always we’ll have a load of hits you might not remember, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick sniff around the Dutch chart and back home for the top five in full.

  • Whose biggest hit had to have its title censored before it became a success?
  • Which notorious performance artist had their biggest hit with an innocuous Beach Boys cover?
  • And whose 1986 LP became the US’s biggest selling album of 1987?

Tune in and find out!

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re not around, you can hear the show again on Mad Wasp Radio at 10am on Friday, or catch up on Mixcloud after that.

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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 learn the secrets of Steve’s voodoo chilli, Michael McDonald’s cola bottles and the secret of Jimmy Somerville’s singing voice. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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!

Off The Chart: 7 July 1986

Off The Chart: 7 July 1986

Join us for another journey back in time as Off The Chart retreats to this day in 1986! We’ll have the usual two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus a special week for new entries on the album … read more

Now Parlez 4

Now Parlez 4 artwork

Episode 4 of Now Parlez sees Steve and Julian take the conventional route by examining Now That’s What I Call Music 4, talking about the album and playing tracks from the original vinyl. Record company shenanigans abound as Paul McCartney’s … read more

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 as we unearth some buried treasure on another Off The Chart! As always we’ve got a shedload of hits you might have forgotten or never knew in the first place, plus tracks from … read more

Can I get a Rewind? 2019 Rewind Festival details announced

Rewind South 2018

Photo: Gobinder Jhitta The details of this year’s Rewind festivals have been announced, with acts such as Bryan Ferry, Foreigner and the Four Tops among the headliners of the three events across the UK in July and August. Michael Bolton, … read more

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Line up and look busy for this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian take you back to this day in 1983! There’s oodles of hits, some of which you might remember, others you almost certainly won’t. On top … read more

Virtual C90: April 2018

Virtual C90: April 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kylie Minogue, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Samantha Fox, The Damned, Rick Parfitt, Lisa Stansfield and Chas & Dave, a remixed classic from Paul Simon, a newly unearthed recording by Prince and … read more

Off The Chart: 9 September 1983

Off The Chart: 9 September 1983

All the way back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you some forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, a track from the week’s Canadian chart, three tracks from a featured album … read more

Virtual C90: July 2017

Virtual C90 - July 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Nick Heyward, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Marc Almond, Gene Loves Jezebel and Gary Numan, plus a previously unreleased track by Prince and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! 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: 26 August 2016

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul

The slow moving Bob Marley revival rumbles on as the remix of Is This Love breaks into the top forty for the first time, climbing to 39 on its seventh week on the chart. Meanwhile Legend holds steady at 5 … read more