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Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 this week as Steve and Julian fight off the studio gremlins to bring you another edition of Off The Chart! The links might sound a bit odd but the music is top notch, with the usual mix of forgotten and half-remembered hits, tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a review of the day’s events, a hit from the Canadian chart and the top five singles in full. Whose second number one hit continued a story begun in his first? Who got a cover of a Gary Numan song into the shops the week before Numan’s own version? And who had to change the title of their latest single under threat of legal action from The Sun? 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: Muthas Day – 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

Muthas Day: 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

We’ve had Mothers’ Day, now it’s Muthas Day! Yes, after last month’s Sophistipop collection, March 2018’s Virtual CD flings you violently to the other end of the musical spectrum with 21 exponents of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 March 2017

Madness - (Don't Let Them Catch You) Crying - Leo Zero Remixes

The all-encompassing Marc Almond compilation Hits and Pieces enters at number 7 on this week’s album chart, making it Marc’s biggest hit album under his own name, notwithstanding the fact that it includes several Soft Cell tracks (in fact it’s … read more

“The more we know, the less we show” – Top of the Pops, 16 April 1981

Department S

“Hi.” Hi yourself, Peter Powell, in your monogrammed shirt, white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and, let’s not beat about the bush here, beige slacks. Powell seems to have taken on the mantle of “senior presenter” of TOTP recently, … read more

“Like some New Romantic looking for the TV sound” – Top of the Pops, 5 March 1981

Duran Duran

Now then, here’s someone we haven’t seen since last September when he was playing second, in fact third fiddle to Leo Sayer and Russ Abbot. Now, six months later, Mike Read is Radio 1’s hottest property, having inherited the breakfast … read more

“Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news” – Top of the Pops, 19 February 1981

The Teardrop Explodes

Doesn’t time fly? We’re certainly powering through the run on BBC Four now they’ve started showing two editions every week, and as they’re still skipping the ones hosted by Dave Lee Travis it’s possible to get through a short month … read more

Virtual C90 – February 2016

Virtual C90 - February 2016

This month we remember those we have lost in the past few weeks, including David Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Colin Vearncombe from Black and John Bradbury of the Specials. There’s also new music from Megadeth and ABC and the usual … read more