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Off The Chart: 1 December 1981

Off The Chart: 1 December 1981

Hiding behind the first door of your Off The Chart Advent Calendar today: a trip back to 1981 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s other goings-on, a romp through the Swedish chart and home in time for the top five in full.

  • Whose last top 40 hit has a title that contradicts itself?
  • Who had a 1981 hit with a 1976 recording of a song from 1957?
  • And who made a promo video that’s still banned to this day?

Tune in and find out!


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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 go back to school with the Barron Knights, pogo with Pink Floyd and listen to one of Julian’s cassettes. 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!

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: 26 May 1989

Off The Chart: 26 May 1989

Join us for another Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1989! It’s two hours long, enough to get you at least halfway to Durham from most parts of the UK, accompanied by the usual complement … read more

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

It’s 1986 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we spend a couple of hours looking at the UK singles chart from 34 years ago. There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of … read more

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Our ongoing alternate universe series of Now albums that never existed carries on with this Virtual Double LP or Cassette. Using the same template as the real world Now albums – two records or cassettes, 7 or 8 tracks per … read more

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

We’re nipping back to this day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits you might have forgotten, or never knew in the first place, plus a sampling of the new entries … read more

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

We’re heading back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a load of less obvious hits from this week’s chart, plus three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 17 March 1986

Off The Chart: 17 March 1986

We’re rewinding to this day in 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of records you don’t hear on a normal chart show, plus three tracks from a featured album, a look at … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 December 2016

ABC - Christmas... With Love

It’s officially Christmas as The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl embark on their annual climb up the single chart, Fairytale of New York re-entering this week at 66, stealing a march on Wham!’s Last Christmas at 75 and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry … read more

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

The past, present and future combine in this week’s Off The Chart – things get tense. Buh-boom. Steve and Julian go way back to the chart of 6 August 1980, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often … read more