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Off The Chart: 31 May 1988

Off The Chart: 31 May 1988

It’s episode 321 of Off The Chart this week, but sadly Dusty Bin couldn’t make it. It does mean we’re back at the start of the dexy though, so we’ll be looking at the UK singles chart from today in 1988! Join us to win two hours’ worth of obscure, forgotten and neglected hits, tracks from three new albums, a withering look at the day’s events, a hit from the South African chart and the top five singles in full. The referee’s decision is final.

  • Which collaboration between a huge Australian act and a huge US act fell short of the UK top fifty?
  • Who described their latest single as “an update of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues“?
  • And which football team did badly in the chart but even worse at the tournament their record was for?

Tune in and find out!



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Off The Chart: 14 December 1989

14 December 1989

Getting closer to Christmas and closer to the end of the ’80s, we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of less obvious hits, a selection of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

We’re going back a relatively short time on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit this week in 1989. Along the way we’ll be picking up loads of obscure and forgotten hits, as well as three of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

It’s Christmas! Well, actually, not quite, because we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart and there was still one more chart to go before the big day. Still, all the constituent parts are … read more

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

We’re going back a mere thirty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit this week in 1989. Tune in for a brace of hits you might have forgotten (or never knew about in the first place), three of … read more

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … 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: 10 December 1989

Off The Chart: 10 December 1989

We’re as close to the end of the ’80s as we’ve ever been on Off The Chart this week as we revisit the singles chart of 10 December 1989! As ever there’s three tracks from a featured album, the top … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 7 October 2016

Deacon Blue - Believers

While the overemphasis on streaming data continues to render the singles chart virtually meaningless, ’80s acts are still finding renewed success on the albums listing. Heading the charge this week are the Pixies whose new album Head Carrier enters at … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more