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Off The Chart: 5 April 1986

Off The Chart: 5 April 1986

It’s time again, we’re dragging you back to 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart for two hours of hits you haven’t heard for ages, or possibly ever. As always we’ll be playing some of the obscure forgotten and neglected tracks from that week’s UK singles chart, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a look at what was going on around us, a quick look at the Swedish chart, and concluding with the top five in full whether you like it or not.

  • Which band didn’t live up to their name but did launch one of the biggest bands of the early ’90s?
  • Which huge ’80s album took over a year to reach its peak position on the chart?
  • And who was the first person to write, perform and produce a number 1 hit singlehandedly?

Tune in and find out!



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Spotify playlists

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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: 24 November 1980

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and happenstance. As always we’ve got a brace of hits you don’t often hear on a … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

Off The Chart: 1 April 1986

No fooling, we’re going back to 1986 this week on Off The Chart to look at the UK singles chart from this week 31 years ago. There’s some hits you remember, some you probably don’t, three tracks from a featured … read more