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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 from a featured album, a hit from this week’s Polish chart, a look at the day’s events and the top five singles in full. There’s also another forfeit track to make you wish you’d paid us a dollar on Patreon – our backers get access to an extended version of the show which drops the forfeit track but adds a rundown of the Polish top 20 as well as some bonus extended mixes. Which female duo poached the bass player and drummer out of Madness? Whose first solo hit entered the chart higher than any of his former band’s singles ever reached? And which classic number one hit was written in half an hour? Click PLAY to find out!

 


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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!

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

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

Virtual C90 – May 2016

Virtual C90 - May2016

New music this month from ABC, Billy Ocean, Pet Shop Boys, Wire and Paul Young, plus our attempt to pay tribute to Prince which isn’t easy on Spotify. All this plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten … read more