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Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

It’s beginning to look a tiny bit like Christmas on Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1987! Join us for two hours of hits of varying levels of familiarity, tracks from all the new entries in the album chart, a look at the day’s other goings-on, a sniff around the New Zealand chart and the UK’s top five singles in full.

  • Whose run of sixteen consecutive top five hits was ended by a song with a familiar title?
  • Who had his only solo top 40 hit twenty-one years after his former band’s only top 40 hit?
  • And what was the UK’s 600th number one single?

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, join us for disgraced performers, interchangeable pop stars and three songs with the same title. 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: 29 September 1987

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

This week’s Off The Chart is brought to you in association with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, due to the continued unreliability of the Official Charts website, but we’ll still endeavour to bring you a shedload of unfamiliar … read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank… ah no, my mistake, it’s the Off The Chart studio. Join us later than usual at 10pm for a festive sleigh ride through the Christmas chart of 1987! There’ll be the … read more

Mixcloud Select: MegaMegamixMix

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How many ’80s hits can we cram into a CD’s worth of space? We’ve lost count, quite honestly. The MegaMegamixMix brings together nine megamixes, each one full of hits by some of the decade’s biggest acts. It’s 75 minutes of … read more

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Come back to this day in 1988 for another two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of tracks, three cuts from one of the week’s big albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

We’re going back thirty years to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and house music – as well as rock, pop, reggae, soul and even some old time music … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 18 August 1987

Off The Chart: 18 August 1987

On this week’s Off The Chart we go back 31 years for a look at the UK singles chart from this week in 1987. As usual Steve and Julian bring you some unfamiliar hits, three tracks from one of the … read more

Virtual C90: July 2018

Virtual C90: July 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from U2, Rod Stewart, Rick Astley, Jaki Graham and Kid Creole & the Coconuts, plus some new takes on old favourites by A Flock of Seagulls, Soft Cell, The Cure and Def Leppard, … read more

Virtual C90: June 2018

Virtual C90: June 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Rick Astley, Prince, Johnny Marr, Tony Hadley and Nick Lowe, plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and 12″ mixes. Give it a listen on Mixcloud or Spotify! read more

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

After last week’s live shenanigans we’re back to normal on Off The Chart this week as we head back thirty years to the chart of 3 March 1988. As usual there’s a metric shedload of less familiar hits, three tracks … read more

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

We head back thirty years to this very day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian take you through some of the week’s less remembered hits, discuss the day’s events, pick three tracks from one of … read more