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Off The Chart: 30 March 1988

Off The Chart: 30 March 1988

Incredibly we’ve been doing Off The Chart for five whole years! Give or take a couple of days, anyway. We couldn’t have the massive birthday celebration we wanted, but we did the best we could by hosting the show in a socially distant manner in Julian’s garden. As well as the annoying wind noise and passing trains, we’ll have the usual collection of forgotten and obscure hits from 1988, three of the week’s new albums, a round up of the day’s events, a look at the French chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Who tried to save the world with a photo of Elvis?
  • Which band’s three ’80s albums all peaked at number 2?
  • And what links both the top two singles to Saturday morning kids’ TV shows?

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!

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

Mixcloud Select: 1hw – 22 Eighties One Hit Wonders

Virtual CD of the Month: 1hw

The obtusely titled 1hw rounds up 22 acts who reached the UK top 40 once and only once, from Men Without Hats and Mental As Anything to Baltimora and Opus. It stands for “1 Hit Wonders”, you see. But of … read more

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Come back to this day in 1988 for another two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of tracks, three cuts from one of the week’s big albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Whether you’re calling all the heroes or just putting on some camouflage and fighting for yourself, you can take a couple of hours off to listen to this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian are dragging us back to … read more

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Come back in time with us as Steve and Julian revisit the UK singles chart of this day in 1986 on another Off The Chart! They’ll unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more