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Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Happy New (old) Year! Come back to the first week of 1986 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart and try to overlook the fact that it’s only three weeks since we did December 1985. Still, there’ll be the usual mix of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, the International Chart Entry Of The Week and the top five in full. There’s also your regular forfeit track as a punishment for not backing us on Patreon. Which band were turned into cartoon characters for their difficult third album? Which “singer of songs with a message” was making unexpected inroads into daytime television? And why did Steve Harley have a statutory right of entry to your home? Click PLAY to find out!

 



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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!

“You forgot cranberries too?” – Virtual CD of the Month, December 2017

You forgot cranberries too?

The Virtual CD of the Month returns for December 2017, exclusively for our lovely Patreon backers. We’ve rounded up 24 festive trinkets, some of them from the ’80s, others more recent recordings by ’80s acts, none of them arriving again … read more

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian cast an eye over the week’s UK singles chart. There’ll be some familiar hits, some vaguely familiar hits and hits you almost certainly haven’t heard … read more

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Off The Chart: 4 November 1981

Come back to this very day in 1981 as Steve and Julian excavate the UK singles chart! There’ll be lots of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album of the week, … read more

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from George Michael, Michael Jackson, OMD, Sparks, Bros, The Fizz, Squeeze, The Waterboys, U2, The Blow Monkeys and Hue & Cry! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Virtual C90: June 2017

Virtual C90 - June 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Alison Moyet, OMD, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Imagination featuring Leee John and a new solo track from Queen’s Roger Taylor. There are also some new takes on old favourites by U2, … read more

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Virtual C90: March 2017

Virtual C90 March 2017

What better way to launch our new look than with a brand new Virtual C90? This month we have tracks from new releases by Duran Duran, Marc Almond, Marti Pellow, a-ha’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Asia, plus the usual mix of … read more

Virtual C90: January 2017

Virtual C90 - January 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 is a round-up of some of the best new music from 2016 by ’80s artists, plus a few of the greats who we lost last year. read more

Virtual C90: December 2016

Virtual C90 - December 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from ABC, UB40, The Rolling Stones, Jean-Michel Jarre and Cliff Richard, plus a mix of festive and not-so-festive ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 December 2016

ABC - Christmas... With Love

It’s officially Christmas as The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl embark on their annual climb up the single chart, Fairytale of New York re-entering this week at 66, stealing a march on Wham!’s Last Christmas at 75 and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry … read more