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Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

It’s 1987 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we uncover some of the week’s hits that you haven’t heard for years, if ever. As usual we’ll be peppering them with three of the week’s big new albums, a review of the day’s goings-on and, despite popular demand, a look at the Japanese chart, concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which band had fourteen hits but only cracked the top 40 once?
  • Who compiled all their singles into a 126-disc box set?
  • And whose attempt to break the US killed their UK top 40 career stone dead?

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! In this week’s podcast, sponsored by Woman’s Own magazine, we look at the UK charts from this day in 1987 and end up with a Coronation Street spin-off, a mystery bum and a visit to the Broadcasting Under Manager.

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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: 26 January 1982

Off The Chart: 26 January 1982

We’re on a journey back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for a look at a rather strange and unsettling top 75. Along the way we’ll uncover some hits you don’t often hear, three new … read more

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

It’s the 250th edition of Off The Chart this week, and they said it wouldn’t last! Despite everything we’re still here, revisiting the chart of this week in 1985 and dredging up the usual mix of obscure hits, tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

Off The Chart: 24 November 1986

This week Off The Chart goes back to 1986 for the usual two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at what was going on in the media, a quick squint at the … read more

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

It’s the end of an era on Off The Chart this week as Steve is busy moving out of the building where the first ever episode was recorded four and a half years ago. Before the blue plaque gets erected, … read more

Off The Chart: 1 September 1988

Off The Chart: 1 September 1988

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1988 on Off The Chart as we sift through the dregs of the UK singles chart in search of undiscovered nuggets. As usual we’ll be playing some of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 19 May 1983

Off The Chart: 19 May 1983

Your regular fixed Tuesday night point in an increasingly confusing world, this week Off The Chart takes you back to this day in 1983, which was a Thursday, just to mess with your head. As always we’ll supply you with … read more

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Please don’t panic buy this week’s Off The Chart, there’s plenty forgotten and half remembered hits from this week in 1983 to go around! We’re fully stocked with tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, the day’s news … read more

Off The Chart: 30 July 1981

Off The Chart: 30 July 1981

After last week’s outbreak of royal wedding fever, come back to this day in 1981 on Off The Chart where we’ve just missed another one! Never mind, there’s still the usual two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes including … read more

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Come all the way back to this day in 1981 with us on another Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have two hours of hits you might not remember, as well as some of the week’s new hit albums, a … read more

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

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