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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: 23 November 1981

Off The Chart: 23 November 1981

Not to make you feel old or anything, but we’re going back a full forty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1981. Sorry about that. But we’ll attempt to … read more

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new … read more

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: 28 April 1986

Off The Chart: 28 April 1986

You’ll be glad you stayed indoors for this week’s Off The Chart, because we’re looking at this day in 1986 and there’s a particularly grim news story that we can’t avoid. Still, we’ll make up for it with a load … 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: 26 February 1982

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 for another two hours of hits, headlines and home truths on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and happenstance. As always we’ve got a brace of hits you don’t often hear on a … read more

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Join us as we go back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits from the week’s chart and discuss the day’s events. There’s also a track from the New Zealand chart, three … read more

Off The Chart: 22 July 1980

Off The Chart: 22 July 1980

Steve and Julian take us all the way back to this very day in 1980 for some undiscovered hits, the day’s events, an international hit, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top five singles in full. Which … read more

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

No fooling, we’re going back to 1986 this week on Off The Chart to look at the UK singles chart from this week 31 years ago. There’s some hits you remember, some you probably don’t, three tracks from a featured … read more

“Time just rolls on and on” – Top of the Pops, 13 August 1981

Soft Cell

Ah, it’s Housewives’ Favourite (“Favourite what?” I hear you cry) Simon Bates, bringing a much needed air of decorum to proceedings in his sensible beige blazer, black slacks and salmon pink shirt which he probably thinks a bit daring. Looking … read more