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15 September 1986

Off The Chart: 15 September 1986

This week we’re shining a torch into the ear of 1986 on Off The Chart as we revisit the UK charts of this day 34 years ago. As always we’ll have a load of hits you might not remember, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick sniff around the Dutch chart and back home for the top five in full.

  • Whose biggest hit had to have its title censored before it became a success?
  • Which notorious performance artist had their biggest hit with an innocuous Beach Boys cover?
  • And whose 1986 LP became the US’s biggest selling album of 1987?

Tune in and find out!

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re not around, you can hear the show again on Mad Wasp Radio at 10am on Friday, or catch up on Mixcloud after that.

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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! This week we learn the secrets of Steve’s voodoo chilli, Michael McDonald’s cola bottles and the secret of Jimmy Somerville’s singing voice. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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!

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