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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 hits from this day in 1987. There’s also three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick gander at the Austrian chart and the top five singles in full. Sort of.

  • Which comedians took on one of the most popular songs of all time… and lost?
  • Who replaced his band with Stock, Aitken and Waterman for an unsuccessful remake of his biggest hit?
  • And who failed to follow up their only top 40 hit because of Bruno Brookes’ brother?

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! Thanks to new government guidelines it’s an emergency edition of the podcast this week, but we still manage to look at the UK chart from this day in 1987 and talk about the Edinburgh paraquat poisoner, a hit single that might not even exist and the possibility of a fifth television channel. (Please note this podcast is in black & white.)

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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!

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