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Off The Chart: 20 April 1981

Off The Chart: 20 April 1981

It’s another weird time travel experience on Off The Chart this week, as we go back exactly forty years and find that it’s Easter Monday. Join us for two hours of forgotten and obscure hits from that week’s chart, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick jaunt to New Zealand to sneak a look at their chart, and back home for the top five singles in full.

  • Who was enjoying their first of over fifty hit singles this week?
  • Who had a top five hit with a parody of a TV ad?
  • And which hit was described in 2002 as “the strangest chart record of the last 25 years, maybe ever”?

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: 8 April 1981

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

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

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 December 2016

Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

Amazon.co.uk Widgets The Rolling Stones’ new blues album Blue & Lonesome enters the chart at number 1 this week with over 100,000 sales, the second biggest opening week total this year after Bowie’s ★ shifted 146,000 in January. It’s also … read more

Virtual C90: November 2016

Virtual C90 - November 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Madness, Bon Jovi, Status Quo and Chas & Dave, plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 October 2016

Dead Or Alive - Sophisticated Boom Box

Now very much in the twilight of their career, Status Quo enter the chart at number 7 with their latest acoustic set Aquostic II – That’s a Fact! just behind Phil Collins‘ The Singles which drops from 2 to 6. … read more

New Releases: 15 April 2016 and Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2016

New Releases Paul Young releases a new album Good Thing while Phil Collins continues his Take A Look At Me Now series of reissues with newly expanded editions of 1985’s No Jacket Required and his 2002 set Testify. If you’ve … read more

“Earth keeps on rolling, witnesses falling” – Top of the Pops, 9 April 1981

“Welcome to Top of the Pops! Some 19 million people every week tune in to see some of the top acts of 1981 on this show!” That’s what Mike Read tells us, and as one of the co-authors of the … read more

Virtual C90 – Best of 2015

Best of 2015 Virtual C90

Huge thanks to all our readers over the past year, may 2016 bring you everything you hope for! Here’s a special virtual mixtape showcasing what your favourite ’80s acts did in 2015. read more