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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 music was better! As always we’re bringing you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s big new albums and a look at what was happening in the world at large, plus a quick jaunt to South Africa to look at their top ten, and concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose last top 50 hit pre-empted a 1989 number one?
  • Who released a single in a sleeve that you could play as another single?
  • And what was the longest titled single ever to reach number one in the US?

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’s podcast looks at the day’s hits and events while straying into the murky world of “buy one, get one free” albums, more Kim Carnes facts than you’ve ever had in one place before, and the wild, wild world of Julian’s school science lessons. It’ll 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: 11 February 1982

Off The Chart: 11 February 1982

We’re heading back to 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of less obvious hits! Along the way we’ll be digging up the day’s events, highlighting three new entries on the week’s album chart, taking a … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1980

Off The Chart: 12 November 1980

We’re going all the way back to today in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits you’ve forgotten about – or never heard in the first place – plus the usual look at the … read more

Mixcloud Select: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

October 2018’s Virtual CD is a celebration of all things weird, spooky and ghoulish, from the gothic rock of Bauhaus to the sinister synths of Japan, via the sheer lunacy of The Cramps and Toto Coelo. Eighteen ’80s cuts designed … 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

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: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

We’re off back to this day in 1981 for another two hours of hits, headlines and honeycomb on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s … read more

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 20 January 1987

Off The Chart: 20 January 1987

Come back to January 1987 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s a veritable blizzard of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a track from an international chart, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top … read more

Virtual C90: July 2017

Virtual C90 - July 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Nick Heyward, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Marc Almond, Gene Loves Jezebel and Gary Numan, plus a previously unreleased track by Prince and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

All the way back to the dim and distant days of 1980 this week as Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top five in full, including probably the strangest number … read more