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Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

It’s 1986 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we spend a couple of hours looking at the UK singles chart from 34 years ago. There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s big albums, a review of the day’s events, a look at the TV, radio and gig highlights, a quick sniff around the German singles chart, and the top five singles in full.

  • Who only got to number 54 with song that’s been number one for four different acts?
  • Who released over a hundred albums but only ever had one UK hit single?
  • And which singer once lost a TV talent show to a singing dog?

Tune in and find out!

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Now 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’re now putting the talky bits together into a podcast! In this week’s episode Steve and Julian discuss Frank Sinatra’s 1980 triple concept album, reveal why Jim Tavaré is more successful than Justin Timberlake, and turn a family disco group into a kids’ cartoon show. 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: 28 January 1985

Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

They said it wouldn’t last… in fact, we said it wouldn’t last, but here we are with the 200th edition of Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1985 for a brace of unremembered hits, tracks from … read more

Now Parlez 7

Now Parlez 7 artwork

The seventh edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’re looking at Now 7 from … read more

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

We’re heading back 33 years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1986! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten or half remembered hits, pick out three new entries on … read more

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

We’re heading back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a load of less obvious hits from this week’s chart, plus three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Come back to this day in 1988 for another two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of tracks, three cuts from one of the week’s big albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hokum. As always we’ll bring you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … 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: 3 March 1988

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

After last week’s live shenanigans we’re back to normal on Off The Chart this week as we head back thirty years to the chart of 3 March 1988. As usual there’s a metric shedload of less familiar hits, three tracks … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Virtual C90: January 2017

Virtual C90 - January 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 is a round-up of some of the best new music from 2016 by ’80s artists, plus a few of the greats who we lost last year. read more