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Off The Chart: 4 February 1988

Off The Chart: 4 February 1988

There’s an exciting new look to Off The Chart as it celebrates its 201st show! Sadly the show itself contains the same old rubbish as usual, but we’ll be looking at the chart from this day in 1988 and playing some of the hits you might not expect to hear on the radio. We’ll also play tracks from three of the week’s new albums, as well as looking at the day’s events, TV & radio highlights, the day’s gigs, the Canadian chart from the same day, and concluding with the top five singles in all their glory.

  • Which band released over thirty albums but only ever managed three top 40 singles?
  • Which famous drummer formed a new band, then got the singer from his main band to sing on his album?
  • And which 1988 hit apparently contains the greatest key change of all time?

Tune in and find out!


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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!

Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

Get your best designer suit on, slick back your hair and fire up your brand new Compact Disc Player for February 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month! 80 minutes of sophisticated pop from the likes of ABC, Swing Out Sister, … 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

Virtual C90: October 2018

Virtual C90: October 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kim Wilde, The Bangles, Neneh Cherry and Blancmange, some new takes on old favourites by Johnny Hates Jazz, a-ha, Bananarama and Queen, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

After last week’s live shenanigans we’re back to normal on Off The Chart this week as we head back thirty years to the chart of 3 March 1988. As usual there’s a metric shedload of less familiar hits, three tracks … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 31 March 2017

Fleetwood Mac "Tango in the Night" deluxe edition

Not much to report on the album chart this week, which is just as well as nobody has bothered to update it on the Official Charts website, but the Jesus & Mary Chain enter at 16 with their first album … read more

Virtual C90: January 2017

Virtual C90 - January 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 is a round-up of some of the best new music from 2016 by ’80s artists, plus a few of the greats who we lost last year. read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 7 October 2016

Deacon Blue - Believers

While the overemphasis on streaming data continues to render the singles chart virtually meaningless, ’80s acts are still finding renewed success on the albums listing. Heading the charge this week are the Pixies whose new album Head Carrier enters at … read more

Virtual C90 – October 2016

Virtual C90 - October 2016

Loads of new music this month from Madness, Pet Shop Boys, The Pretenders, Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Deacon Blue, The Wedding Present, Pixies, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Marillion, Peter Gabriel and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger! Plus the … read more

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

This week we’re sneaking up on the end of the eighties with the chart of 1 October 1989! Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. … 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