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Off The Chart: 8 March 1980

Off The Chart: 8 March 1980

On the anniversary of the first episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s appropriate that we’re going back 42 years on this week’s Off The Chart to look at the chart from today in 1980. We’ll have the usual selection of obscure, forgotten and neglected hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events and a look at the Canadian chart, but don’t panic, we’ll be back in time for the top five in full.

  • Which British act recorded a live album in Moscow two years before they had a hit at home?
  • Whose new album was just a repackaging of their previous album?
  • And which act in the chart became the subject of a musical by another act in the chart?

Tune in and find out!


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Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Hey, wanna feel old? No, of course you don’t, nobody does. But nevertheless we’re revisiting the UK singles chart from this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a lorryload of obscure and forgotten … read more

Off The Chart: 31 March 1980

Off The Chart: 31 March 1980

Your hosts Steve and Julian have gone to great lengths to ensure this week’s Off The Chart goes ahead – about ten miles, in fact, so the links might sound slightly muffled in places but everything else carries on as … read more

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: 4 March 1980

Off The Chart: 4 March 1980

We’re going back further than ever before this week on Off The Chart as we haul ourselves all the way back to 1980 and find ourselves in the middle of a Mod revival. In an unpredictable show Steve and Julian … read more