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Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

We’re going back thirty years to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and house music – as well as rock, pop, reggae, soul and even some old time music hall. As always we’ve got a bundle of half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, a hit from an international chart and the top five singles in full. Who tickled the top forty with an acid house track written and produced by the brains behind one of Status Quo’s biggest hits? Which two stars entered the chart one place above the song played at their wedding? And whose second hit album was recorded before their first but released over a year later? Tune in at 10am to find out!

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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: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … read more

Off The Chart: 23 December 1988

Off The Chart: 23 December 1988

Come back to Christmas 1988 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian regale us with some less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, a look at the day’s events and the top five singles … read more

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

Remember voting for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits back in November? Finally Steve and Julian can reveal the results in this special festive edition of Off The Chart! Find out how your favourites fared as we count down all twenty-two … read more

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Back to 1989 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian delight you with some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album, a song from the Irish chart, a look at the day’s events … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Off The Chart: 10 December 1989

Off The Chart: 10 December 1989

We’re as close to the end of the ’80s as we’ve ever been on Off The Chart this week as we revisit the singles chart of 10 December 1989! As ever there’s three tracks from a featured album, the top … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more

1988 Christmas Top 40

Kylie & Jason

Thanks to the increased availability of samplers and home recording equipment, in 1988 36% of the population was taking old records apart and welding them back together to make new ones. Bomb The Bass, Coldcut and S-Express were the most … read more