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Off The Chart: 26 January 1982

Off The Chart: 26 January 1982

We’re on a journey back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for a look at a rather strange and unsettling top 75. Along the way we’ll uncover some hits you don’t often hear, three new entries from the album chart, the day’s goings-on, the secrets of the US Hot 100 and the UK’s top five in all its confusing glory.

  • Who did Tony Wilson call “the new Sex Pistols”?
  • Which hit song was intended to be listened to only once?
  • And who is the second most famous band from Eastbourne?

Tune in and find out!


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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 March 1984

Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

No need to leave the house, at least for a couple of hours, as Off The Chart takes you back to this week in 1984 – simpler times, in which all we had to worry about was the threat of … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 7 January 1989

Off The Chart: 7 January 1989

We’re back at the start of the year for another Off The Chart! Join us for a trip back to the 7th of January 1989 involving two hours of hits you might not remember, three selections from the album chart, … 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: 2 July 1985

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

It’s the end of another ten week period – a dexy, if you will – which means we’re looking at 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, tracks from three … read more

Off The Chart: 14 July 1985

Off The Chart: 14 July 1985

It’s the day after a very famous event on this week’s Off The Chart, but it’s the closest we’ll ever get to the actual day so we’re celebrating Live Aid on our journey back to 1985! As always there’s a … read more

Off The Chart: 2 December 1984

Off The Chart: 2 December 1984

Back to 1984 for a bit of pre-Christmas frivolity on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian guide us through some less obvious hits, three tracks from a featured album, a hit from an international chart, a look at … read more

Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dismantle the week’s UK singles chart. There’s loads of hits you don’t hear so often, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a track from a … read more

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

All the way back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less famous records in the week’s singles chart, three tracks from the album of the week and the top five … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Back to January 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, plus three tracks from the featured album and the top five singles in full. Who turned up in … read more

“I feel my spirit’s getting old” – Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981

Odyssey

“Hi folks! Welcome to Top of the Pops once again!” Well, hello sailor. It’s solid, reliable Peter Powell in charge this week, in a strangely nautical white shirt with navy blue stripes and – yes! – red trousers. A full … read more