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Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

It’s 1987 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we uncover some of the week’s hits that you haven’t heard for years, if ever. As usual we’ll be peppering them with three of the week’s big new albums, a review of the day’s goings-on and, despite popular demand, a look at the Japanese chart, concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which band had fourteen hits but only cracked the top 40 once?
  • Who compiled all their singles into a 126-disc box set?
  • And whose attempt to break the US killed their UK top 40 career stone dead?

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! In this week’s podcast, sponsored by Woman’s Own magazine, we look at the UK charts from this day in 1987 and end up with a Coronation Street spin-off, a mystery bum and a visit to the Broadcasting Under Manager.

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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: 2 February 1986

Off The Chart: 2 February 1986

Join us as we celebrate Groundhog Day by pretending it’s this day in 1986! We can’t promise you’ll wake up next to Andie MacDowell, but we can promise you two hours of less remembered hits, a round-up of the day’s … read more

Mixcloud Select: Upside Down – 20 Indie No.1s 1980-89

Upside Down

To introduce our new Mixcloud Select site, we’re reactivating our classic Virtual CD Of The Month feature and reissuing the original virtual CDs that we tried to entice people into backing us on Patreon! Upside Down is a collection of … read more

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

We’re heading back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a load of less obvious hits from this week’s chart, plus three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Come back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and happy-ever-afters on this week’s Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian scour the week’s UK singles chart for half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from … read more

Virtual C90: May 2018

Virtual C90: May 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Tony Hadley, James, Swing Out Sister, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sparks, The Alarm and Johnny Marr, plus new takes on old faves by The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, as well … read more

Off The Chart: 17 March 1986

Off The Chart: 17 March 1986

We’re rewinding to this day in 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of records you don’t hear on a normal chart show, plus three tracks from a featured album, a look at … read more

Carry On Off The Chart: Red Nose Day special!

Carry On Off The Chart

A few weeks back we asked you to vote for your favourite comedy and novelty records of the ’80s, and now the results can be revealed in our Red Nose Day Off The Chart special! Who’ll be number one? An … read more