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Off The Chart: 19 January 1988

Off The Chart: 19 January 1988

We’re back for another go around the decade as we return to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, an inspection of the West German chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose debut album reunited two former Ants?
  • Who replaced their erstwhile lead singer with their producer?
  • And who links the Buzzcocks with Apollo 440?

Tune in and find out!


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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 a huge ’80s band falls apart in court, a record banned in South Africa goes to number 1 in Zimbabwe, and a promising pop career is scuppered by the workers’ control of factories.

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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: 26 November 1988

Off The Chart: 26 November 1988

You might notice some product placement on this week’s edition of Off The Chart, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum. So, on this week’s naughty but nice show we’re heading back to 1988 for two hours of … read more

Off The Chart: 22 January 1989

Off The Chart: 22 January 1989

Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot air as we go back thirty years to this day in 1989 on another Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for your regular delivery of forgotten and half-remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 27 October 1987

Off The Chart: 27 October 1987

Come back to 1987 for another brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian pick out some of the hits from this week that you don’t normally hear, as well as three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 14 October 1988

Off The Chart: 14 October 1988

It’s the start of season 9 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian whisk us back to today in 1988! There’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from one of the week’s biggest albums, a track from the … read more

Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Back thirty whole years to 1987 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a hit album, a track from the Canadian chart and the UK top five in full. … 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

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 December 2016

Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

Amazon.co.uk Widgets The Rolling Stones’ new blues album Blue & Lonesome enters the chart at number 1 this week with over 100,000 sales, the second biggest opening week total this year after Bowie’s ★ shifted 146,000 in January. It’s also … read more

Review: Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-24 July 2016

Adam Ant at Rewind Scotland 2016

It’s Friday night. I’m in the grounds of Scone Palace, and a fifty-something man in a Choose Life T-shirt has just come up to me offering the largest hipflask I’ve ever seen, full of ‘homemade’ whisky. In the distance, Pat … read more

Virtual C90 – February 2016

Virtual C90 - February 2016

This month we remember those we have lost in the past few weeks, including David Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Colin Vearncombe from Black and John Bradbury of the Specials. There’s also new music from Megadeth and ABC and the usual … read more