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Off The Chart: 19 January 1988

Off The Chart: 19 January 1988

We’re back for another go around the decade as we return to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, an inspection of the West German chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose debut album reunited two former Ants?
  • Who replaced their erstwhile lead singer with their producer?
  • And who links the Buzzcocks with Apollo 440?

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 a huge ’80s band falls apart in court, a record banned in South Africa goes to number 1 in Zimbabwe, and a promising pop career is scuppered by the workers’ control of factories.

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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: 24 December 1987

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank… ah no, my mistake, it’s the Off The Chart studio. Join us later than usual at 10pm for a festive sleigh ride through the Christmas chart of 1987! There’ll be the … read more

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

Off The Chart: 28 May 1987

We’re nipping back to this day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits you might have forgotten, or never knew in the first place, plus a sampling of the new entries … 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

Virtual C90: October 2018

Virtual C90: October 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kim Wilde, The Bangles, Neneh Cherry and Blancmange, some new takes on old favourites by Johnny Hates Jazz, a-ha, Bananarama and Queen, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 21 July 1988

Off The Chart: 21 July 1988

There’s a beat going on (isn’t there always?) on this week’s Off The Chart as we go back thirty years to this day in 1988! As always Steve and Julian pick out some forgotten and half-remembered hits as well as … read more

Virtual C90: March 2018

Virtual C90: March 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape brings you new music from Kim Wilde, Kylie, Tracey Thorn, Judas Priest, Sade, UB40, David Byrne, Erasure and Mel & Kim! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Give it a listen on … read more

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

A new look, a new feature, but mainly the same old nonsense from Steve and Julian as they dissect the UK singles chart of 18 March 1988. There’s a load of hits you never hear anymore, three tracks from a … read more

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

This week we’re sneaking up on the end of the eighties with the chart of 1 October 1989! Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. … read more

Virtual C90 – July 2016

Virtual C90 July 2016

New music this month from Paul Simon, Dexys, Pet Shop Boys, Roxette, Rick Astley and the Stone Roses, plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual C90 is now on Mixcloud as well … read more

1987 Christmas Top 40

Shane & Kirsty

1987 saw the proper arrival of house music in the UK, with Steve “Silk” Hurley’s Jack Your Body topping the chart in January and M/A/R/R/S blithely sampling every record they could get their hands on and reaching number 1 with … read more