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Off The Chart: 1 September 1988

Off The Chart: 1 September 1988

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1988 on Off The Chart as we sift through the dregs of the UK singles chart in search of undiscovered nuggets. As usual we’ll be playing some of the week’s hits you haven’t heard for ages, if at all, plus three new entries on the album chart (we have some this week), a look at the day’s events, a quick trip across the Channel to look at the French chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Who spent seventeen weeks at number 1 in Japan with a single that barely registered at home?
  • Whose cover of a ’60s hit was scuppered when the original version started outselling it?
  • And what was the first African single to sell a million copies?

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 Steve and Julian discuss the day’s UK charts with a side order of other things that were going on, as well as discussion of Kajagoogoo’s solicitors, Julian’s Brother Beyond rant, and TV’s latest dynamic duo McGillivray and Piles. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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: 30 June 1982

Off The Chart: 30 June 1982

We’re off back to this day in 1982 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure, forgotten and half remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Now Parlez 7

Now Parlez 7 artwork

The seventh edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’re looking at Now 7 from … read more

Now Parlez 6

Now Parlez 6 artwork

The sixth edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’ve alighted on Now 6 from … read more

Can I get a Rewind? 2019 Rewind Festival details announced

Rewind South 2018

Photo: Gobinder Jhitta The details of this year’s Rewind festivals have been announced, with acts such as Bryan Ferry, Foreigner and the Four Tops among the headliners of the three events across the UK in July and August. Michael Bolton, … 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

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

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 20-22 Jul 2018

A Flock of Seagulls at Rewind Scotland 2018

Everyone’s favourite retro festival turned ten this year, so I expected Rewind to pull out all the stops. And they did just that. Regular gig pals Sarah and Pete joined me again for a jaunt to sunny Perth, where we … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

Further Off The Chart Nine

Further Off The Chart Nine

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. On this episode: a dubious German mashup of the Pet Shop Boys … read more

Virtual C90: January 2018

Virtual C90: January 2018

This month our virtual mixtape takes a look back at 2017 with tracks from some of the year’s biggest releases, from Blondie to Gary Numan, Sparks to Squeeze, Depeche Mode to The Fizz! Enjoy! read more