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Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

We’d like to say it’s back to normal on this week’s Off The Chart but if you’re a regular listener you’ll know nothing is ever normal around here. All we can say as that there’ll be a host of hits large and small from this day in 1981, three of the week’s new hit albums, a gander at the South African chart, a review of the day’s events, the top five singles in full, plus “exciting news for all readers inside!”1. Whose first four top ten singles peaked at numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 in that order? Which two songs both feature in two separate medleys at neighbouring chart positions? And whose debut album was banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation for being “too political and vulgar”? Tune in and find out!

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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: 5 March 1986

Off The Chart: 5 March 1986

We’re heading back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a load of less obvious hits from this week’s chart, plus three tracks … 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

Off The Chart: 30 June 1984

Off The Chart: 30 June 1984

Come back to the summer of 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! It’s another two hours of half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from the week’s featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the Dutch chart … read more

Off The Chart: 21 April 1984

Off The Chart: 21 April 1984

We’re rewinding back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the … 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: 10 February 1984

Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Come back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart for a spectacular display of how attitudes have changed in the past third of a century – and that’s just the first song. There’s the usual hatful of half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 11 November 2016

Bowie Legacy

A remarkable display of consistency from Bon Jovi as This House Is Not For Sale becomes their fifteenth consecutive top five hit album, entering today at number 5; incredibly their last album not to reach the top five was Slippery … read more

Off The Chart: 27 August 1982

Off The Chart: 27 August 1982

It’s 27 August 1982 all over again! Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits from this week in 1982, plus three tracks from the featured album of the week and the top five in full. They also look back over … read more

Review: Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-24 July 2016

Adam Ant at Rewind Scotland 2016

It’s Friday night. I’m in the grounds of Scone Palace, and a fifty-something man in a Choose Life T-shirt has just come up to me offering the largest hipflask I’ve ever seen, full of ‘homemade’ whisky. In the distance, Pat … read more

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

This week Steve and Julian take on the chart of 13 August 1985, playing some of the hits you don’t often hear, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five in full. Why did the … read more