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Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the UK singles chart, picking out some of the hits you’ve forgotten or never knew existed. We’ll also keep you abreast of the day’s events, play tracks from three of the week’s new albums, take a quick trip across the Atlantic to inspect the US chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Who got a solo record deal based on songs his band rejected for being too melodic?
  • Which band missed out on mainstream success because of the singer’s mother?
  • And who links the Sugarhill Gang with Mel Brooks?

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 everyone’s obsessed with Fame but we still find time to talk about the world’s most rubbish superhero, Steve’s “buy one, get one free” hack and the Official Charts Website Cock-up Of The Week. 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: 24 March 1984

    Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

    No need to leave the house, at least for a couple of hours, as Off The Chart takes you back to this week in 1984 – simpler times, in which all we had to worry about was the threat of … read more

    Off The Chart: 24 September 1982

    Take a couple of hours off from retuning your colour TV set for the new Channel Four and come back to this day in 1982 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

    Can I get a Rewind? 2019 Rewind Festival details announced

    Rewind South 2018

    Photo: Gobinder Jhitta The details of this year’s Rewind festivals have been announced, with acts such as Bryan Ferry, Foreigner and the Four Tops among the headliners of the three events across the UK in July and August. Michael Bolton, … 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: 20 May 1985

    Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

    Join us for another two hours of memories and mayhem as Steve and Julian take on the UK singles chart of 20 May 1985! There’s lots of hits you haven’t heard for ages, three tracks from a very famous featured … 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: 21 January 1986

    Off The Chart: 21 January 1986

    On this week’s Off The Chart we’re looking at the hits of January 1986! Steve and Julian play a selection of hits you don’t hear very often, three tracks from the featured album and the top five in full. Who … read more

    Chart Watch and New Releases: 18 November 2016

    The Human League: A Very British Synthesizer Group

    It’s déjà vu all over again in this week’s album chart as Cliff Richard‘s new oldies set Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll enters the chart at number 4, one place above Elvis Presley’s latest repackaging. That’ll please him. David Bowie‘s … read more

    Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

    Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

    This week Steve and Julian take on the chart of 13 August 1985, playing some of the hits you don’t often hear, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five in full. Why did the … read more

    “The sounds are too loud and there’s too much smoke” – Top of the Pops, 5 February 1981

    Dire Straits

    February already, so let’s pause and take stock of how 1981 is going so far. The charts are currently dominated by John Lennon (who remains dead) and Adam Ant (who is still very much alive), but the New Romantics are … read more