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Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

We’d like to say it’s back to normal on this week’s Off The Chart but if you’re a regular listener you’ll know nothing is ever normal around here. All we can say as that there’ll be a host of hits large and small from this day in 1981, three of the week’s new hit albums, a gander at the South African chart, a review of the day’s events, the top five singles in full, plus “exciting news for all readers inside!”1. Whose first four top ten singles peaked at numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 in that order? Which two songs both feature in two separate medleys at neighbouring chart positions? And whose debut album was banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation for being “too political and vulgar”? 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: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

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

This Virtual CD is actually a virtual double LP! As part of our celebrations of 100 Now That’s What I Call Music albums, we’ve come up with this hypothetical example of what the first Now of the 1980s might have … read more

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Join us on a trip back to this day in 1984 on another edition of Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of the week’s obscure and half-remembered hits, plus a flavour of the week’s album chart, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and horsefeathers as we journey all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from … 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: 28 July 1982

Off The Chart: 28 July 1982

Whether you’re driving in your car, taking the night train or even learning how to fly, make sure you join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and havoc from this day in 1982! As always there’s … read more

Off The Chart: 16 June 1983

Off The Chart: 16 June 1983

We’re going back to this very day in 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian rifle through the week’s UK singles chart, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often. There’s also three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 30 December 1982

Off The Chart: 30 December 1982

Before we jump forward into 2018, come back to 1982 with Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a week when time stood still – or, more accurately, a week between Christmas and New Year when there was … read more

Off The Chart: 12 August 1982

We’re going back 35 years on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dismantle the chart of 12 August 1982! There are some forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, a song from … read more

Virtual C90: July 2017

Virtual C90 - July 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Nick Heyward, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Marc Almond, Gene Loves Jezebel and Gary Numan, plus a previously unreleased track by Prince and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Off The Chart: 15 July 1984

Off The Chart: 15 July 1984

Is it still nostalgia if you’re listening to old records you don’t remember? Here’s your chance to find out as we go back to 1984 to dig out some of the week’s forgotten hit singles, as well as three tracks … read more