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Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Join us for a jaunt back to 1981 on another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from one of the week’s hit albums, the most baffling record in the chart in the Arthur Dent Moment, a trip to the Netherlands for the International Chart Entry Of The Week, and the UK’s top five singles in full. Which band returned from what everyone assumed was the dumper to go on to become the year’s hottest act? Who had a top five hit reviving a dance craze from 1949? And which Dutch group has had 44 hit albums, all with different line-ups? 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!

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“Wriggle like a snake, waddle like a duck” – Top of the Pops, 12 February 1981

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