Tag Archives: Madness

Now That's What I Call Music II

Now That’s What I Call Music II

There was no doubt that the first Now That’s What I Call Music album had been a success. It took the Christmas number 1 spot, sold over a million copies and had already spawned a competitor, PolyGram’s Formula 30 which spread thirty ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s hits over four sides of vinyl or cassette.

Clearly a follow-up was required, but did EMI and Virgin really have to wait until November to round up another 30 hits of the year? Not necessarily. read more

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Join us for a jaunt back to 1981 on another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

Off The Chart: 5 February 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hokum. As always we’ll bring you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

It’s the end of the year and the end of an era on Off The Chart, as Steve and Julian take you back to 1981 and find a chart so full of comedy, novelty and just plain weird records that … read more

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Need something to help you through the Christmas wrapping? Join Steve and Julian for a trip back to 1982 in this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

It’s the end of another dexy so we’re off back to this day in 1985 for this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of hits that don’t get played very often, as well as three tracks from … 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

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Time to fire up the old flux capacitor as we go back to the… well, the past, frankly. This week’s Off The Chart revisits the UK singles chart of this week in 1985 and plays some of the hits you … read more

Off The Chart: 28 July 1982

Off The Chart: 28 July 1982

Whether you’re driving in your car, taking the night train or even learning how to fly, make sure you join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and havoc from this day in 1982! As always there’s … read more

Further Off The Chart Ten

Further Off The Chart Ten

Exclusively for our wonderful Patreon backers, here’s another grab bag of some of the records that came up in conversation on Off The Chart over the past dexy, from Frank Zappa to Richard Stilgoe. Enjoy, and thanks for your continued … read more