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Off The Chart: 6 April 1982

Off The Chart: 6 April 1982

We’re safely back indoors this week for a standard edition of Off The Chart! Come back with us to this day in 1982 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s happenings, a sneaky peek at the West German chart, before a joyride through the week’s top five singles.

  • Who released a protest single about the redevelopment of their home town?
  • Which band’s biggest hit convinced their lead singer he could cut it as a solo artist?
  • And whose second top 40 hit was recorded before his first but became a hit six years after it?

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: 2 March 1989

Off The Chart: 2 March 1989

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Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

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Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

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

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Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

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Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

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Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

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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