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Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

It’s the end of the year and the end of an era on Off The Chart, as Steve and Julian take you back to 1981 and find a chart so full of comedy, novelty and just plain weird records that it would be rude not to collect them all together into a special edition. As always there’s as brace of forgotten hits (although this week many of them are forgotten for good reason), plus three tracks from one of the week’s biggest albums, a look at the day’s events, an international hit and the top five singles in full. Who had a top twenty hit by sounding a bit like Ian Dury? Who scored one of their biggest hit singles with a track that was intended as a throwaway B-side? And who was the first British act to have a top five hit with a rap record? Click PLAY to find out!

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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!

1981 Christmas Top 40

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