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Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

After last week’s excursion to the beach, Steve and Julian are back in the studio to bring you another two hours of hits, headlines and halibut on this week’s Off The Chart! They’re taking you back to this day in 1981 for some 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 Japanese chart and the top five in full. And because you still won’t give us $1 a month on Patreon there’s a horrible forfeit track for you. Which band decided to give away their fifth album free with their fourth? Which single became the highest ever charting follow-up to a Eurovision winner? And who was the missing link between Michael Jackson and Ian Dury? Click PLAY to find out!

 


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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!

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: 20 January 1987

Off The Chart: 20 January 1987

Come back to January 1987 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s a veritable blizzard of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a track from an international chart, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top … read more

Off The Chart: 9 September 1983

Off The Chart: 9 September 1983

All the way back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you some forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, a track from the week’s Canadian chart, three tracks from a featured album … read more

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Join us as we go back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits from the week’s chart and discuss the day’s events. There’s also a track from the New Zealand chart, three … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 4 August 2017

Pet Shop Boys remasters

When did the Pet Shop Boys last have three albums in the chart at once? Probably not since 1987, when Actually joined Please and remix album Disco in the listings. This week they’ve done it again with new entries for … read more

“A reminder of a world that doesn’t care” – Top of the Pops, 20 August 1981

U2

An unusual choice for Top of the Pops presenter this week as we find ourselves watching the first edition ever to be hosted by an actual scarecrow! Ah no, sorry, false alarm, it’s just Dave Lee Travis in a big … read more

Virtual CD of the Month: “Upside Down”

Upside Down

April’s Virtual CD of the Month is a collection of twenty songs that reached number one on the UK independent singles chart. From big name acts like The Smiths, Depeche Mode and New Order to others who never found huge … read more

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

Virtual C90: December 2016

Virtual C90 - December 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from ABC, UB40, The Rolling Stones, Jean-Michel Jarre and Cliff Richard, plus a mix of festive and not-so-festive ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 25 November 2016

Kate Bush - "Before The Dawn"

Much gnashing of teeth in the Metallica household this week as Hardwired… To Self-Destruct enters the chart at number 2, kept off the top by the might of Little Mix. The UB40 splinter group featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey enter … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 18 November 2016

The Human League: A Very British Synthesizer Group

It’s déjà vu all over again in this week’s album chart as Cliff Richard‘s new oldies set Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll enters the chart at number 4, one place above Elvis Presley’s latest repackaging. That’ll please him. David Bowie‘s … read more