Author Archives: Steve Binnie

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

We’re off back to this day in 1981 for another two hours of hits, headlines and honeycomb on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, a look at the days events, an international hit and the top five singles in full, which takes an unusually long time this week. Which influential rockers only charted once but had an entire musical genre named after them? Which jazz musician made over fifty albums but only one hit single? And which instrumental hit is in the top forty twice, performed by two different acts but sounding almost identical? Tune in at 10am to find out!

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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!

Virtual CD of the Month: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Exclusively for our Patreon backers, this month’s Virtual CD is a celebration of all things weird, spooky and ghoulish, from the gothic rock of Bauhaus to the sinister synths of Japan, via the sheer lunacy of The Cramps and Toto … read more

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Come back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and happy-ever-afters on this week’s Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian scour the week’s UK singles chart for half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 6 October 1982

Off The Chart: 6 October 1982

We’re heading back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hanky-panky! Join Steve and Julian for more forgotten hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

Further Off The Chart 12

Further Off The Chart 12

It’s that time again! Another edition of Further Off The Chart, rounding up some of the bizarre and fascinating records we talked about on the regular Off The Chart show. Want to hear one of the UK’s most successful singers … read more

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Time to fire up the old flux capacitor as we go back to the… well, the past, frankly. This week’s Off The Chart revisits the UK singles chart of this week in 1985 and plays some of the hits you … read more

Off The Chart: 15 September 1980

Off The Chart: 15 September 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hustling on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for your regular dose of unfamiliar hits, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Our ongoing alternate universe series of Now albums that never existed carries on with this month’s Virtual CD – which, again, is really a Virtual Double LP or Cassette. Using the same template as the real world Now albums – … read more