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Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Hey, wanna feel old? No, of course you don’t, nobody does. But nevertheless we’re revisiting the UK singles chart from this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a lorryload of obscure and forgotten hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s goings-on and an international chart we’ve never done before! All this plus the top five in full.

  • Which ’80s legend was enjoying his first ever hit after ten years of trying?
  • Who scored their second hit album a full forty years after their first?
  • And who released a single he didn’t think would be a hit, just to fulfil his record contract?

Tune in and find out!


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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’re attempting not to get sidetracked by songs about Billy Connolly, underground violence and the ever present threat of nuclear annihilation. Fun and frolics ensue!

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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: 25 August 1985

Off The Chart: 25 August 1985

We’re off back to this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual lorryload of hits you might not remember or want to forget. We’re also playing all the new entries on the album chart, as … read more

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Brace yourselves, we’re going back a full four decades to revisit this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual there’s a brace of hits you might not remember, plus three of the week’s new albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

It’s the end of another ten week period – a dexy, if you will – which means we’re looking at 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, tracks from three … read more

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Looking for something to fill the awkward gap between Halloween and Bonfire Night? Come back to this day in 1983 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haggling on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a heap … read more

Off The Chart: 28 April 1980

Off The Chart: 28 April 1980

We’re going all the way back to this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Come with us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s top albums, a look at … read more

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian cast an eye over the week’s UK singles chart. There’ll be some familiar hits, some vaguely familiar hits and hits you almost certainly haven’t heard … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 February 2017

New Order presents Be Music

It’s another of those unexpectedly strong weeks for ’80s Best Of albums, led by George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen climbing again to 13. Whitney Houston’s The Ultimate Collection re-enters at 18, David Bowie’s Legacy climbs to 20, Number Ones by … read more

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart! It’s not quite Christmas but Steve and Julian have unearthed some of the overlooked hits of the week including a very famous TV star, a forgotten single by one of the … read more