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Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

It’s 1987 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we uncover some of the week’s hits that you haven’t heard for years, if ever. As usual we’ll be peppering them with three of the week’s big new albums, a review of the day’s goings-on and, despite popular demand, a look at the Japanese chart, concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which band had fourteen hits but only cracked the top 40 once?
  • Who compiled all their singles into a 126-disc box set?
  • And whose attempt to break the US killed their UK top 40 career stone dead?

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! In this week’s podcast, sponsored by Woman’s Own magazine, we look at the UK charts from this day in 1987 and end up with a Coronation Street spin-off, a mystery bum and a visit to the Broadcasting Under Manager.

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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: 29 September 1987

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

This week’s Off The Chart is brought to you in association with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, due to the continued unreliability of the Official Charts website, but we’ll still endeavour to bring you a shedload of unfamiliar … read more

Off The Chart: 15 October 1987

Off The Chart: 15 October 1987

Whether you’re getting a job, joining the army or just playing records at a high degree of amplification, come back to 1987 with us on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Crack open your beverage of choice and spread out some nibbles, it’s the 150th edition of Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and high jinks from this day in 1985, including a … read more

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

It’s almost Christmas, but let’s ignore that for now as we go back to 1986 to revisit a Christmas chart with almost no festive records in it at all! Steve and Julian bring you another two hours of half-forgotten hits, … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart Live: 24 February 1985

Off The Chart: 24 February 1985

It’s a special occasion on Off The Chart this week as we reach our 100th edition! To celebrate, we did the whole show live and unedited – it may be a little bit rough around the edges in places, but … read more

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

Remember voting for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits back in November? Finally Steve and Julian can reveal the results in this special festive edition of Off The Chart! Find out how your favourites fared as we count down all twenty-two … read more

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on Off The Chart to take in one of the most depressing days in musical history. That’s just the way the dates fall. But never mind, it makes the featured album very … read more

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

We’re off back to this week in 1985 on Off The Chart for some of the week’s less remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album, a song from the US Billboard Hot 100 … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 September 2016

The Beat feat Ranking Roger - Bounce

A strong week for ’80s acts as Bruce Springsteen‘s new compilation Chapter and Verse débuts at number 2 on the album chart, followed closely by Marillion‘s F E A R at number 4, with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry‘s Shine … read more