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Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Brace yourselves, Barnsley, we’re heading back to this day in 1981 for another edition of Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, plus the day’s eye-watering news headlines, three of the week’s new albums, a quick look at the Canadian chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who covered one of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits before it was a hit?
  • Who took the Sam Fox route backwards and became a pin-up model after her pop career?
  • And who was behind the musical revue “Restless Underwear”?

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 the #32 comedy podcast in Kenya uncovers a plan to swamp Barnsley with sex emporia. 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!

“Imaginary playing heavy riffs, no diminisheds or fancy fifths” – Top of the Pops, 29 January 1981

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