1985

Off The Chart: 23 March 1985

Off The Chart: 23 March 1985

We’re stopping off in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hour examination of the week’s UK singles chart. We’ll have the usual selection of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a sneaky peek at the Italian chart, and we’ll be back home for the top five in full before you know it.

  • Which singer-songwriter’s two biggest hits were both charity collaborations with other acts?
  • Who inspired the decade’s most successful producers to become songwriters too?
  • And which goth legends split up after their plans to cover an ABBA song fell through?

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!

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Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

It’s the 250th edition of Off The Chart this week, and they said it wouldn’t last! Despite everything we’re still here, revisiting the chart of this week in 1985 and dredging up the usual mix of obscure hits, tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 3 November 1985

Off The Chart: 3 November 1985

Another dexy draws to a close as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Your regular serving of obscure and forgotten hits awaits, along with three of the week’s new albums, a look at the … read more

Off The Chart: 25 August 1985

Off The Chart: 25 August 1985

We’re off back to this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual lorryload of hits you might not remember or want to forget. We’re also playing all the new entries on the album chart, as … read more

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Looking for two hours of obscure, forgotten and barely remembered hits from this day in 1985? It’s got to be Off The Chart, just 10 cm from this website. Join us as we blunder through the UK singles chart, stopping … read more

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

It’s Easter 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian laugh in the face of technical problems to revisit the UK singles chart from 35 years ago today! This week’s hollow, chocolate-flavoured show contains the usual selection … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

They said it wouldn’t last… in fact, we said it wouldn’t last, but here we are with the 200th edition of Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1985 for a brace of unremembered hits, tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Join us for another jaunt into the past as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits you weren’t expecting, plus three of the week’s big new … read more

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Put on your best pastel coloured suit and fire up your brand new £500 Compact Disc player, we’re going back to this day in 1985 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

Now Parlez 6

Now Parlez 6 artwork

The sixth edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’ve alighted on Now 6 from … read more

Now Parlez 5

Now Parlez 5 artwork

The fifth edition of our ongoing series No Parlez sees Steve & Julian from Off The Chart discussing Now That’s What I Call Music 5 and playing tracks from the original vinyl. Find out what they think happened to the … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

Off The Chart: 2 July 1985

It’s the end of another ten week period – a dexy, if you will – which means we’re looking at 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, tracks from three … read more