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Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

Off The Chart: 21 September 1987

We’ve crammed a surprising amount into this week’s Off The Chart, including a metric shedload of obscure, forgotten and overlooked hits from this day in 1987. We’ve also shoehorned in three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a track from the Canadian chart and a song from a John Peel session broadcast on this day, and still somehow found room for all six songs in this week’s top five. Phew.

  • Who had top 40 hits with two different surnames, but not with a combination of the two?
  • Who got the original of a club classic into the top ten by talking over it?
  • And which iconic duo broke up because one of them had to go to Monaco for his day job?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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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: 29 June 1981

Off The Chart: 29 June 1981 (with a red triangle in the top left corner)

Listeners are advised that this week’s Off The Chart includes strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Yes, even more so than usual. It also includes a brace of obscure hits from this day in 1981, as well as … read more

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new … read more

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Off The Chart: 4 May 1983

Come on, join us for another edition of Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1983! We’ll have a mix of forgotten and obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 2 March 1989

Off The Chart: 2 March 1989

We’re on our way back to this day in 1989 for this week’s Off The Chart, rounding up some of the hits you’d forgotten about or weren’t previously aware of, some of which you might even enjoy. As usual we’re … read more

Off The Chart: 23 February 1983

Off The Chart: 23 February 1983

Join us for a trip back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as we flood your earholes with two hours of hits you might not remember. We’ll also have the usual round-up of the day’s events, three of … read more

Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

It’s beginning to look a tiny bit like Christmas on Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1987! Join us for two hours of hits of varying levels of familiarity, tracks from all the new entries … read more

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

This week’s Off The Chart is brought to you in association with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, due to the continued unreliability of the Official Charts website, but we’ll still endeavour to bring you a shedload of unfamiliar … read more

Off The Chart: 14 July 1981

Off The Chart: 14 July 1981

We’re on a road trip back to the summer of 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart, picking up a carload of forgotten and half-remembered hits on the way, and squeezing in three of the week’s new albums; grabbing a … read more

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Please don’t panic buy this week’s Off The Chart, there’s plenty forgotten and half remembered hits from this week in 1983 to go around! We’re fully stocked with tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, the day’s news … read more

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: 6 August 1987

Off The Chart: 6 August 1987

Come back with us to this day in 1987 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll be playing some forgotten and half-remembered hits from the week’s UK singles chart, as well as tracks from three of the … read more