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Off The Chart: 2 November 1988

Off The Chart: 2 November 1988

We’ve been beset by technical issues again this week but we’ve battled through to bring you another Off The Chart! Join us on a voyage back to 1988 for the usual two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a track from a Peel session broadcast on this day, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a quick look at the Swiss chart and the top five in full.

  • Who had a two year gap between two single releases from the same album?
  • Who followed their first number 1 hit with three consecutive number 2s?
  • And which album took eighteen and a half years to reach number 1?

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!

Now Parlez 10

Now Parlez 10

Join Steve and Julian as they take time out from their weekly Off The Chart show to rummage in the back of the wardrobe for another Now album! This time they’re playing tracks from Now That’s What I Call Music … read more

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Come back to this day in 1987 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual treasure trove of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Time to fire up the old flux capacitor as we go back to the… well, the past, frankly. This week’s Off The Chart revisits the UK singles chart of this week in 1985 and plays some of the hits you … read more

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … read more

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Join us for another two hours of memories and mayhem as Steve and Julian take on the UK singles chart of 20 May 1985! There’s lots of hits you haven’t heard for ages, three tracks from a very famous featured … read more

Virtual C90 – October 2016

Virtual C90 - October 2016

Loads of new music this month from Madness, Pet Shop Boys, The Pretenders, Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Deacon Blue, The Wedding Present, Pixies, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Marillion, Peter Gabriel and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger! Plus the … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 September 2016

Madness Mr Apples sleeve

The remix of Bob Marley‘s Is This Love continues to climb the singles chart, up another four places to 16 this week, while Legend slips three places to number 9 on the album listings. Freddie Mercury‘s 70th birthday celebratory Messenger … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 September 2016

Top Of The Pops 1980-1984

Absolute scenes on the singles chart as the remix of Bob Marley‘s Is This Love leaps nineteen places to number 20 after seven weeks pootling around in the shallow end. Conversely Legend drops a place to number 6 on the … read more