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Off The Chart: 23 November 1981

Off The Chart: 23 November 1981

Not to make you feel old or anything, but we’re going back a full forty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1981. Sorry about that. But we’ll attempt to make up for it with two hours of less obvious hits, tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a look at what was going on that day, an Italian hit from the Spanish chart, and concluding with the UK’s top five in full whether you want them or not.

  • Who released their first album without having decided on a lead singer?
  • Who became an overnight sensation in the UK after a decade of success in Europe?
  • And which iconic bassline came about because the bassist forgot what he’d been playing?

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: 26 February 1982

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 for another two hours of hits, headlines and home truths on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Line up and look busy for this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian take you back to this day in 1983! There’s oodles of hits, some of which you might remember, others you almost certainly won’t. On top … 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

Chart Watch and New Releases: 19 May 2017

Iron Maiden "Fear of the Dark" 2017 vinyl

A mere two months after reaching the top fifty with his Jawbone soundtrack, Paul Weller scores his seventeenth solo top ten album with A Kind Revolution which débuts at #5 today. Blondie’s Pollinator drops from 4 to 19 and Nick … 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

New Releases: 18 March 2016

Fly (Songs Inspired By The Film: Eddie The Eagle)

Just when you thought everyone over the age of 30 had stopped releasing singles, the Pet Shop Boys are back with The Pop Kids out today on CD and download, including two new B-side tracks In Bits and One-Hit Wonder, … read more