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Off The Chart: 24 August 1988

Off The Chart: 24 August 1988

It’s that time again! We’re heading back to this day in 1988 for another Off The Chart, unloading a big bag of obscure and forgotten hits on your doorstep and running away. There’ll also be the usual round-up of what was going on, plus three of the week’s new albums, a track from one of today’s Peel Sessions, a look at the Belgian chart and the top five hits in full.

  • Who recycled one of their huge 1970s hits for fundraising purposes?
  • Who won their biggest hit single in a charity auction?
  • And what happened when Big Vince Stole My Parrot?

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!

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Put on your best pastel coloured suit and fire up your brand new £500 Compact Disc player, we’re going back to this day in 1985 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

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

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Come back to this day in 1987 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual treasure trove of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … 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

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Off The Chart: 4 June 1985

Off The Chart: 4 June 1985

Every Saturday in our podcast-style-radio-show-thing Off The Chart, Steve Binnie and Julian Sparrow look at the chart from the corresponding week in one of the ’80s years and play the songs you don’t normally hear on a chart rundown. They … read more