1989

Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

We’re going back a relatively short time on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit this week in 1989. Along the way we’ll be picking up loads of obscure and forgotten hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a hit from the Austrian chart, a track from one of today’s Peel sessions and the top five in full.

  • Who had his only week on the UK chart thirty-two years after releasing his first single?
  • Who included a Radio 1 competition winner in their video?
  • And who had six top sixty hits without ever reaching the top fifty?

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: 2 March 1989

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Off The Chart: 13 October 1989

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Off The Chart: 4 August 1989

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Off The Chart: 26 May 1989

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Off The Chart: 17 March 1989

Off The Chart: 17 March 1989

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Off The Chart: 7 January 1989

Off The Chart: 7 January 1989

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Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

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Off The Chart Summer Roadshow: 20 August 1989

Off The Chart Summer Roadshow: 20 August 1989

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