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Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Brace yourselves, Barnsley, we’re heading back to this day in 1981 for another edition of Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, plus the day’s eye-watering news headlines, three of the week’s new albums, a quick look at the Canadian chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who covered one of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits before it was a hit?
  • Who took the Sam Fox route backwards and became a pin-up model after her pop career?
  • And who was behind the musical revue “Restless Underwear”?

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 the #32 comedy podcast in Kenya uncovers a plan to swamp Barnsley with sex emporia. 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: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

“There’s a new wave coming, I warn ya” – Top of the Pops, 26 February 1981

Kim Wilde

Never let it be said that this site doesn’t get results. After carping on for weeks about how this new look Top of the Pops needs an opening sequence instead of just crashing straight into the grinning host over the … read more

“The sounds are too loud and there’s too much smoke” – Top of the Pops, 5 February 1981

Dire Straits

February already, so let’s pause and take stock of how 1981 is going so far. The charts are currently dominated by John Lennon (who remains dead) and Adam Ant (who is still very much alive), but the New Romantics are … read more