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Off The Chart: 12 April 1981

Off The Chart: 12 April 1981

It’s an unusually violent edition of Off The Chart this week as we get dragged all the way back to this day 1981! We’ll be bombarded with obscure, forgotten and neglected hits from that week’s chart, pummelled with three of the week’s new albums, walloped with a look at the day’s events, smacked around the head with the Japanese chart, and left to endure the top five in full.

  • Who had a hit single based on a genuine near death experience?
  • Whose only hit was used as the theme to a British drama series and a French dog food ad?
  • And who was the first European act to win the Tokyo Music Festival?

Tune in and find out!



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Off The Chart: 1 February 1981

Off The Chart: 1 February 1981

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Off The Chart: 28 December 1980

Off The Chart: 28 December 1980

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Off The Chart: 27 July 1984

Off The Chart: 27 July 1984

Come back with us to this day in 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ll tell you all about what was going on, except for the Olympics, because that’s classified. But we will look at the UK singles chart … read more

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Brace yourselves, Barnsley, we’re heading back to this day in 1981 for another edition of Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, plus the day’s eye-watering news headlines, three of the week’s new … read more

Off The Chart: 25 February 1981

Off The Chart: 25 February 1981

We’re going back a terrifyingly long way to this day in 1981 for this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits you don’t remember very well, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, … 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

Off The Chart: 29 January 1984

Off The Chart: 29 January 1984

Take a couple of hours off from your tax return and come back to this day in 1984 on another edition of Off The Chart! We’ve got another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … 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: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

We’re heading back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you another selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, … read more

Further Off The Chart Eight

Further Off The Chart Eight

It’s the end of another dexy and time to round up some of the tracks we talked about on Off The Chart over the past ten weeks but didn’t get a chance to play. Now we have a chance, so … read more