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Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

We’re heading back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you another selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, the top five in full, and a forfeit track to encourage you to back us on Patreon. Who recycled their 1980 number 2 hit by just singing new words over it? Who was trying not to brag about writing two of Elvis’s biggest hits? And whose only top 40 hit was inspired by Sting’s six pack? Click PLAY to find out!

 


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Off The Chart: 7 October 1985

Off The Chart: 7 October 1985

It’s October 1985 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as they unearth some of the week’s forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured hit album, discuss the day’s events, pluck a track … read more

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Come with us all the way back to this week in 1980 on Off The Chart! Steve and Julian uncover some of the week’s forgotten hits, look at the day’s events, pick a track from an international chart, play three … read more

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … read more

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

All the way back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less famous records in the week’s singles chart, three tracks from the album of the week and the top five … read more

Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

Back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from the featured album and the top five in full. Which comedian and writer had a … read more

“Always the sound in my brain, can you hear it?” – Top of the Pops, 30 July 1981

The Undertones

It’s Steve Wright – yes it is! You can tell because he’s wearing a huge badge bearing the slogan “YES IT IS”, dating this edition to somewhere in the brief period when he was trying ever so hard to popularise … read more

Off The Chart: 18 June 1982

Off The Chart: 18 June 1982

Who did Malcolm McLaren ask to front the Sex Pistols before Johnny Rotten? Who is The Bald Detective? And what are those “things that a woman ain’t s’posed to see?” Find out in this week’s Off The Chart as Steve … read more

“Strong are the bonds that we make” – Top of the Pops, 2 April 1981

Shakin' Stevens

Another week, another two editions of TOTP on BBC Four as we attempt to crack on through the whole year before the Proms, the Olympics and whatever else has been displaced by the closure of BBC Three as a linear … read more

“Try to look as if you don’t care less” – Top of the Pops, 19 March 1981

Bucks Fizz

So the industrial dispute we were pretending wasn’t happening last week has been resolved, the audience has been allowed back out of the tiny airless booths from where they were encouraged to cheer and applaud in sound only, and everything’s … read more

“I saw it with my own two eyes” – Top of the Pops, 15 January 1981

Phil Collins

Two episodes into the 1981 run on BBC Four and everyone’s already confused. Since the repeats started with 1976 back in 2010 it’s been once a week, generally on Thursdays at 7:30 as it used to be in the old … read more

1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

1984 was the high water mark for ’80s pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominated the chart. If only all these amazing acts could come together to record one enormous hit single together, … read more