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Off The Chart: 1 December 1981

Off The Chart: 1 December 1981

Hiding behind the first door of your Off The Chart Advent Calendar today: a trip back to 1981 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s other goings-on, a romp through the Swedish chart and home in time for the top five in full.

  • Whose last top 40 hit has a title that contradicts itself?
  • Who had a 1981 hit with a 1976 recording of a song from 1957?
  • And who made a promo video that’s still banned to this day?

Tune in and find out!


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There’s a podcast too!

For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! This week we go back to school with the Barron Knights, pogo with Pink Floyd and listen to one of Julian’s cassettes. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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: Long Hot Summer

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Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Off The Chart: 7 May 1982

Time for another trip back in time to resurrect some of the hits you’ve forgotten about or maybe didn’t know about in the first place – yes, it’s 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as … read more

Off The Chart: 15 January 1983

Off The Chart: 15 January 1983

Are you getting the hang of the Tuesday evening slot for Off The Chart yet? Tune in tonight for a trip back to this day in 1983, with a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … 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: 10 March 1982

Off The Chart: 10 March 1982

Come back to 1982 with Steve and Julian as they uncover the week’s forgotten hits on another Off The Chart! There’s also three tracks from a featured album, a hit from the Billboard Hot 100, a look at the day’s … 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

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

Off The Chart: 19 November 1981

This week on Off The Chart we revisit the chart of 19 November 1981 with forgotten hits from Boney M, Bow Wow Wow and Spandau Ballet, a featured album from the Human League and the top five in full, plus … read more

1981 Christmas Top 40

The Human League

1981 had been something of a transitional year. The past had been condensed into a series of bite-sized chunks thanks to a slew of medley singles – the works of the Beatles (Stars On 45), ABBA (Stars On 45 2), … read more