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Off The Chart: 14 July 1981

Off The Chart: 14 July 1981

We’re on a road trip back to the summer of 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart, picking up a carload of forgotten and half-remembered hits on the way, and squeezing in three of the week’s new albums; grabbing a look at the day’s news, TV, radio and gig highlights; filling up on the Spanish top ten, and back home in time for the top five singles in full.

  • Who declared “we don’t play gigs, we perform shows”?
  • Who formed a band to perform covers of 1940s swing songs “for a laugh”?
  • And who had to wait 38 years between their last number one single and their first number one album?

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 we touch on Julian’s Nigel Mansell anecdote, some of the worst Mr Men books ever written, and an update on our plans for Off The Chart underwear. 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!

Off The Chart: 30 June 1982

Off The Chart: 30 June 1982

We’re off back to this day in 1982 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure, forgotten and half remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Crack open your beverage of choice and spread out some nibbles, it’s the 150th edition of Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and high jinks from this day in 1985, including a … 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: 3 November 1983

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Looking for something to fill the awkward gap between Halloween and Bonfire Night? Come back to this day in 1983 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haggling on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a heap … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 20-22 Jul 2018

A Flock of Seagulls at Rewind Scotland 2018

Everyone’s favourite retro festival turned ten this year, so I expected Rewind to pull out all the stops. And they did just that. Regular gig pals Sarah and Pete joined me again for a jaunt to sunny Perth, where we … read more

Virtual C90: June 2017

Virtual C90 - June 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Alison Moyet, OMD, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Imagination featuring Leee John and a new solo track from Queen’s Roger Taylor. There are also some new takes on old favourites by U2, … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 June 2017

Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Beautifully timed for the week of the General Election, Is This The Life We Really Want? enters the album chart at number 3 for Roger Waters, his highest ever solo placing and his first top ten album since Amused To … read more

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Back to this week in 1982 for Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dissect the UK singles chart, playing some tracks you don’t hear very often as well as the top five in full and three tracks from the … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Back to January 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, plus three tracks from the featured album and the top five singles in full. Who turned up in … read more

“In this great future you can’t forget your past” – Top of the Pops, 9 July 1981

The Specials

Time for a celebration, as Michael Hurll has got his abacus out and decided that we’ve reached the 900th edition of Top of the Pops. Blow up the balloons! Break out the streamers! Bring on the dancing girls! And then … read more

“I feel my spirit’s getting old” – Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981

Odyssey

“Hi folks! Welcome to Top of the Pops once again!” Well, hello sailor. It’s solid, reliable Peter Powell in charge this week, in a strangely nautical white shirt with navy blue stripes and – yes! – red trousers. A full … read more