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Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the UK singles chart, picking out some of the hits you’ve forgotten or never knew existed. We’ll also keep you abreast of the day’s events, play tracks from three of the week’s new albums, take a quick trip across the Atlantic to inspect the US chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Who got a solo record deal based on songs his band rejected for being too melodic?
  • Which band missed out on mainstream success because of the singer’s mother?
  • And who links the Sugarhill Gang with Mel Brooks?

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! This week everyone’s obsessed with Fame but we still find time to talk about the world’s most rubbish superhero, Steve’s “buy one, get one free” hack and the Official Charts Website Cock-up Of The Week. 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: 14 April 1988

    Off The Chart: 14 April 1988

    It’s another locked down edition of Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as they struggle with yet another inadequate piece of software in an attempt to bring you hits, headlines and hilarity from this day in 1988, plus the … read more

    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 … read more

    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