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Off The Chart: 18 January 1982

Off The Chart: 18 January 1982

Let’s not worry about the fact that all these songs are now forty years old, just enjoy the ride as we go back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ll distract you with two hours of obscure and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s big albums, a look at the day’s goings-on, an unexpected look at the Danish chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which future Eurovision winner covered a song by another Eurovision winner in another language?
  • Whose top 40 career consisted of two non-consecutive weeks at number 40 with the same single?
  • And whose album was a bigger hit once sides one and two were reversed?

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!

Off The Chart: 8 June 1988

Off The Chart: 8 June 1988

It’s the start of the Off The Chart summer season this week as we begin a new dexy with a trip back to this day in 1988! Join us for two hours of less obvious hits, the week’s new albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 20 January 1987

Off The Chart: 20 January 1987

Come back to January 1987 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s a veritable blizzard of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a track from an international chart, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 June 2017

The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary

It’s still not an ’80s record but we’re claiming it anyway: the seminal Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its twentieth anniversary in 1987 by returning to number 1 in the album chart, … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more