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Off The Chart: 29 June 1981 (with a red triangle in the top left corner)

Off The Chart: 29 June 1981

Listeners are advised that this week’s Off The Chart includes strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Yes, even more so than usual. It also includes a brace of obscure hits from this day in 1981, as well as a look at the day’s events, three of the week’s new hit albums, a track from a John Peel session broadcast on this day, a romp through the West German chart (which could go either way depending on how the football goes earlier in the evening) and the top five in full.

  • Who quit one band struggling outside the top 50 this week to join another in much the same position?
  • Whose first hit was described as sounding like “Dave Edmunds singing a song by Chris Sievey”?
  • And whose only top 40 hit had both the title and artist’s name censored by Tony Blackburn?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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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: 19 May 1982

Off The Chart: 19 May 1982

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Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

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“You think you only know me when you turn on the light” – Top of the Pops, 16 July 1981

Dexys Midnight Runners

“Hi folks, welcome to this week’s edition of Top of the Pops, it is jam packed with good music!” Peter Powell there, rudely jabbing his finger into your face to emphasise just how jam packed the show is. As well … read more

“Too much fighting on the dance floor” – Top of the Pops, 2 July 1981

Bad Manners

Finally! After months and months of recycling the same tired joke, the powers that be at TOTP have finally taken my advice and commissioned a proper theme tune and title sequence. Don’t tell anyone though, because it’s still under wraps … read more