Tag Archives: Talking Heads

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

It’s 1986 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we spend a couple of hours looking at the UK singles chart from 34 years ago. There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s big albums, a review of the day’s events, a look at the TV, radio and gig highlights, a quick sniff around the German singles chart, and the top five singles in full.

  • Who only got to number 54 with song that’s been number one for four different acts?
  • Who released over a hundred albums but only ever had one UK hit single?
  • And which singer once lost a TV talent show to a singing dog?

Tune in and find out!

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Now 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’re now putting the talky bits together into a podcast! In this week’s episode Steve and Julian discuss Frank Sinatra’s 1980 triple concept album, reveal why Jim Tavaré is more successful than Justin Timberlake, and turn a family disco group into a kids’ cartoon show. 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: 12 March 1981

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Join us for a jaunt back to 1981 on another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

It’s the end of another dexy so we’re off back to this day in 1985 for this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of hits that don’t get played very often, as well as three tracks from … 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

Virtual C90: April 2018

Virtual C90: April 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kylie Minogue, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Samantha Fox, The Damned, Rick Parfitt, Lisa Stansfield and Chas & Dave, a remixed classic from Paul Simon, a newly unearthed recording by Prince and … read more

Virtual C90: March 2018

Virtual C90: March 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape brings you new music from Kim Wilde, Kylie, Tracey Thorn, Judas Priest, Sade, UB40, David Byrne, Erasure and Mel & Kim! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Give it a listen on … read more

Off The Chart: 14 October 1988

Off The Chart: 14 October 1988

It’s the start of season 9 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian whisk us back to today in 1988! There’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from one of the week’s biggest albums, a track from the … read more

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

We’re off back to this week in 1985 on Off The Chart for some of the week’s less remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album, a song from the US Billboard Hot 100 … read more

Off The Chart: 16 July 1983

Off The Chart: 16 July 1983

Steve and Julian take on the chart of 16 July 1983, playing some forgotten hits (and at least one that they hadn’t even heard before), three tracks from the week’s featured album (it’s Talking Heads this week) and the whole … read more

“You’re all corrupt, you’re all depraved” – Top of the Pops, 12 March 1981

Linx

Up next on BBC1, another edition of Let’s Pretend Nothing’s Wrong And This Is Just A Normal Edition Of Top Of The Pops Even Though It’s Painfully Obvious That There’s Another Strike On And We’re Desperately Stringing Pre-Recorded Clips Together … read more

“Like some New Romantic looking for the TV sound” – Top of the Pops, 5 March 1981

Duran Duran

Now then, here’s someone we haven’t seen since last September when he was playing second, in fact third fiddle to Leo Sayer and Russ Abbot. Now, six months later, Mike Read is Radio 1’s hottest property, having inherited the breakfast … read more

“Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news” – Top of the Pops, 19 February 1981

The Teardrop Explodes

Doesn’t time fly? We’re certainly powering through the run on BBC Four now they’ve started showing two editions every week, and as they’re still skipping the ones hosted by Dave Lee Travis it’s possible to get through a short month … read more