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Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new albums, a look at what was going on in the world, a sneaky look at the Billboard Hot 100 and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which ska legend was backed by a punk band on his only hit?
  • Who had hits with different recordings of the same song at opposite ends of the decade?
  • And who wrote some of the UK’s best remembered advertising jingles, but had a hit with one you probably don’t remember?

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: 18 May 1984

Off The Chart: 18 May 1984

It’s time for another edition of Off The Chart, the show that takes you down Memory Lane and leaves you tied naked to a lamppost on What-The-Hell’s-This Avenue. Today we’re looking at 1984, with the usual brace of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Come on, join us for another edition of Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1983! We’ll have a mix of forgotten and obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

This week Off The Chart goes back to 1986 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at what was going on in the media, a quick squint at the … read more

Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

The cycle begins again as we return to 1988 for this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 15 September 1986

15 September 1986

This week we’re shining a torch into the ear of 1986 on Off The Chart as we revisit the UK charts of this day 34 years ago. As always we’ll have a load of hits you might not remember, as … read more

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

You thought the news was grim these days? Join us for this week’s Off The Chart and you’ll be elated to discover things were just as grim on this day in 1981, if not more so. But at least the … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Join us on a voyage all the way back to this day in 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have a whole heap of hits you’ve forgotten about, or never knew about in the first place, … read more

Off The Chart: 3 December 1982

Off The Chart: 3 December 1982

December already! We’re heading back to this day in 1982 for this week’s Off The Chart, a time when Channel 4 was barely a month old, The Jam had just announced their split and Toto Coelo were already down the … read more

Now Parlez – Episode 1

Now Parlez artwork

On the occasion of… (checks notes) the 100th anniversary of the first Now That’s What I Call Music album, Off The Chart‘s Steve and Julian pick over the bones of that first album, playing some of the key tracks – … read more

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Come back to the summer of 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at the day’s events, an international hit and the … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1980

Off The Chart: 25 June 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a flavour of the week’s new albums, a sneaky look at the South … read more