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Off The Chart: 6 April 1982

Off The Chart: 6 April 1982

We’re safely back indoors this week for a standard edition of Off The Chart! Come back with us to this day in 1982 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s happenings, a sneaky peek at the West German chart, before a joyride through the week’s top five singles.

  • Who released a protest single about the redevelopment of their home town?
  • Which band’s biggest hit convinced their lead singer he could cut it as a solo artist?
  • And whose second top 40 hit was recorded before his first but became a hit six years after it?

Tune in and find out!


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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: 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

Now Parlez: The Christmas Podcast

Now Parlez - The Christmas Podcast

It’s the Christmas special edition of Now Parlez, in which Steve and Julian take a look at Now – The Christmas Album, attempt to crowbar some of the tracks into the regular categories, and play them off Steve’s original vinyl … read more

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 as we unearth some buried treasure on another Off The Chart! As always we’ve got a shedload of hits you might have forgotten or never knew in the first place, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Back to the summer of 1983 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dig out some of the week’s forgotten hits, pluck an obscure track from an international chart and play the top five singles in full. … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 20 January 2017

Marillion - Marbles in the Park

It’s as you were on the album chart as George Michael clings on to the number 4 spot with his 1998 best-of set Ladies and Gentlemen; Twenty Five, Symphonica and Faith all fall heavily but Wham!’s The Final is still … read more

Off The Chart: 16 July 1983

Off The Chart: 16 July 1983

Steve and Julian take on the chart of 16 July 1983, playing some forgotten hits (and at least one that they hadn’t even heard before), three tracks from the week’s featured album (it’s Talking Heads this week) and the whole … read more