Off The Chart: 1 February 1981White rabbits! No Jefferson Airplane or Chas & Dave on this first of the month Off The Chart, but we are going back to brutally dissect the UK singles chart from this day in 1981. We’ll have the usual brace of neglected and forgotten hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a hit from the Israeli chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Whose debut solo single immediately became a much bigger hit than his band ever had?
  • What was the first rap record to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?
  • And which single was a bigger hit in the UK before it was released here than afterwards?

Tune in and find out!

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