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Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

We’ve crammed a surprising amount into this week’s Off The Chart, including a metric shedload of obscure, forgotten and overlooked hits from this day in 1987. We’ve also shoehorned in three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a track from the Canadian chart and a song from a John Peel session broadcast on this day, and still somehow found room for all six songs in this week’s top five. Phew.

  • Who had top 40 hits with two different surnames, but not with a combination of the two?
  • Who got the original of a club classic into the top ten by talking over it?
  • And which iconic duo broke up because one of them had to go to Monaco for his day job?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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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: 9 March 1984

Off The Chart: 9 March 1984

Beware the Ninth of March! Or something like that. Anyway, we’re off back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual full load of obscure and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of … read more

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

It’s Easter 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian laugh in the face of technical problems to revisit the UK singles chart from 35 years ago today! This week’s hollow, chocolate-flavoured show contains the usual selection … read more

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

It’s not quite Christmas, but we’re getting there! Join us for a trip back to 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart as we sift through another stack of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

It’s the end of another ten week period – a dexy, if you will – which means we’re looking at 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, tracks from three … read more

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

It’s another bank holiday weekend and Steve and Julian have taken to the beach for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash as they revisit this day in 1986 – there’s the … 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

Virtual C90: October 2017

Virtual C90: October 2017

This month’s mixtape has new music from Morrissey, Tears For Fears, Blancmange, Squeeze, Chris Rea, The Blow Monkeys, Billy Bragg, Gun and The Selecter! Plus new takes on old favourites by a-ha, Belinda Carlisle, The Fizz, The Christians and Inner … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 16 December 2016

Visage - The Wild Life

It seems the Christmas single rush has already peaked, as Fairytale of New York slips 2 places 18, Last Christmas drops a place to 20 and Merry Christmas Everyone also falls one position to 29. Still looking good for Chris … 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