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Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Brace yourselves, Barnsley, we’re heading back to this day in 1981 for another edition of Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, plus the day’s eye-watering news headlines, three of the week’s new albums, a quick look at the Canadian chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who covered one of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits before it was a hit?
  • Who took the Sam Fox route backwards and became a pin-up model after her pop career?
  • And who was behind the musical revue “Restless Underwear”?

Tune in and 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!

Off The Chart: 5 January 1980

Off The Chart: 5 January 1980

Those of you who don’t like ’80s music are in for a treat on this week’s Off The Chart as we’ve gone all the way back to the first week of 1980, when the last chart of the 1970s was … read more

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Off The Chart: 18 August 1980

Brace yourselves, we’re going back a full four decades to revisit this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual there’s a brace of hits you might not remember, plus three of the week’s new albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Join us on a voyage all the way back to this day in 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have a whole heap of hits you’ve forgotten about, or never knew about in the first place, … read more

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Come back to the summer of 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at the day’s events, an international hit and the … read more

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hokum. As always we’ll bring you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … 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: 6 October 1982

Off The Chart: 6 October 1982

We’re heading back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hanky-panky! Join Steve and Julian for more forgotten hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 28 April 1980

Off The Chart: 28 April 1980

We’re going all the way back to this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Come with us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s top albums, a look at … read more

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

A new look, a new feature, but mainly the same old nonsense from Steve and Julian as they dissect the UK singles chart of 18 March 1988. There’s a load of hits you never hear anymore, three tracks from a … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Back to 1985 this week on Off The Chart, the year Absolute ’80s listeners voted the best of the decade. Steve and Julian attempt to prove them wrong as they dig up the week’s forgotten hits, including Eighth Wonder, Ian … read more