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Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

It’s not quite Christmas, but we’re getting there! Join us for a trip back to 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart as we sift through another stack of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s big new albums, a review of the day’s events, a quick squint at the West German chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Which Christmas standard started life as the B-side of another single?
  • Which rock classic was written just as a set opener and was never intended as a single?
  • And which unloved live album turned out to include the last ever performance of a legendary song by its composer?

Tune in and find out!

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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!

Now Parlez 8

Now Parlez 8 artwork

Join Steve and Julian from Off The Chart as they dig another Now album out of the box! This time around they’re talking about Now That’s What I Call Music 8 and playing tracks from an original vinyl copy. Hit … read more

Off The Chart: 30 April 1988

Off The Chart: 30 April 1988

Here we go again with another trip to 1988 for this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got all the usual features, except for one… There’s still the regular round-up of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 8 January 1987

Off The Chart: 8 January 1987

No, we haven’t disappeared or been taken off the air (although you could be forgiven for thinking we had, after the last show we did), we’ve just moved to Tuesdays for the new series of Off The Chart! Join us … read more

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

It’s almost Christmas, but let’s ignore that for now as we go back to 1986 to revisit a Christmas chart with almost no festive records in it at all! Steve and Julian bring you another two hours of half-forgotten hits, … 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: 11 November 1987

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

We head back thirty years to this very day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian take you through some of the week’s less remembered hits, discuss the day’s events, pick three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

It’s 1987 on Off The Chart this week, the year music took some time off as the charts were full of remixes, cover versions, samples and just plain old reissues. Nevertheless, Steve and Julian take another wander through the forgotten … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Steve and Julian take another slightly skew-whiff look at an ’80s chart, this week going back to 1986. Meet the man with two body parts in his name, hear Julian confess to a serious crime and play Six Degrees of … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more