Tag Archives: 1984

Off The Chart: 18 May 1984

Off The Chart: 18 May 1984

It’s time for another edition of Off The Chart, the show that takes you down Memory Lane and leaves you tied naked to a lamppost on What-The-Hell’s-This Avenue. Today we’re looking at 1984, with the usual brace of the week’s obscure hits, three new entries from the album chart, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick visit to the Dutch chart, and back home for the top five singles in full.

  • Who scored back-to-back top five hits for the first time in their decade-long career?
  • Who mashed up a ’60s classic and a new song to create something nowhere near as good as either?
  • And which new entry on the album chart is still in the top 40 thirty-seven years later?

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!

Off The Chart: 9 March 1984

Off The Chart: 9 March 1984

Beware the Ninth of March! Or something like that. Anyway, we’re off back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual full load of obscure and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Absolutely nothing unusual going on this week, just a normal edition of Off The Chart looking at the less obvious hits from this day in 1984. Along the way we’ll take in some of the week’s top albums, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

It’s the end of an era on Off The Chart this week as Steve is busy moving out of the building where the first ever episode was recorded four and a half years ago. Before the blue plaque gets erected, … read more

Off The Chart: 11 August 1984

Off The Chart: 11 August 1984

We’ll try and keep Orwellian disinformation to an absolute minimum on Off The Chart this week as we go back to this day in 1984! As usual there’s a brace of hits you might not remember, plus three of the … read more

Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

In need of escape for a couple of hours? Join us as we go back to this day in 1984 on Off The Chart and discover how little things have changed since then. But there’s also the usual delivery of … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

No need to leave the house, at least for a couple of hours, as Off The Chart takes you back to this week in 1984 – simpler times, in which all we had to worry about was the threat of … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’ll be the usual sparkling wit and loads of bangers from the day’s UK singles chart (but nothing by Catherine Wheel as all … read more

Off The Chart: 27 August 1984

Off The Chart: 27 August 1984

After last week’s shenanigans, Steve and Julian are back in the relative safety of the studio for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for a trip back to this day in 1984 with two hours of forgotten and half-remembered … read more

Now Parlez 4

Now Parlez 4 artwork

Episode 4 of Now Parlez sees Steve and Julian take the conventional route by examining Now That’s What I Call Music 4, talking about the album and playing tracks from the original vinyl. Record company shenanigans abound as Paul McCartney’s … read more

Now Parlez 3

Now Parlez 3 artwork

It’s the summer of 1984 all over again as Steve and Julian from Off The Chart revisit the third in the series of Now That’s What I Call Music albums. Join them as they spend an hour or so discussing … read more