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Off The Chart: 10 August 1980

Off The Chart: 10 August 1980

We’re safely back in the studio this week for a look at the UK singles chart from this day way back in 1980. As always we’ll be bringing you a wealth of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a look at the Italian chart and the top five singles in all their glory.

  • Which single features the sound of a guitar being chainsawed in half in lieu of a guitar solo?
  • Who released the UK’s first ever cassette single?
  • And which band’s fans started buying one of their old singles as a protest against their new one?

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 March 1983

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Please don’t panic buy this week’s Off The Chart, there’s plenty forgotten and half remembered hits from this week in 1983 to go around! We’re fully stocked with tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, the day’s news … read more

Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Time for another trip back in time to resurrect some of the hits you’ve forgotten about or maybe didn’t know about in the first place – yes, it’s 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as … read more

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 for another two hours of hits, headlines and home truths on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … 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

Virtual C90: May 2017

Virtual C90 - May 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Erasure, Alison Moyet, New Kids On The Block, OMD, Paul Weller and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

All the way back to 1980 this week on Off The Chart for one of the least festive charts imaginable. As Britain faces up to rising unemployment, Christmas without John Lennon and a lorryload of inedible poultry, join Steve and … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

This week on Off The Chart we revisit the chart of 19 November 1981 with forgotten hits from Boney M, Bow Wow Wow and Spandau Ballet, a featured album from the Human League and the top five in full, plus … 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

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

The past, present and future combine in this week’s Off The Chart – things get tense. Buh-boom. Steve and Julian go way back to the chart of 6 August 1980, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often … read more