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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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For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! This week’s episode sounds very strange due to, ahem, “technical issues”, but please stick with it because there’s an absolute bombshell about Phil Collins at the end.

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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: 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: 15 October 1987

Off The Chart: 15 October 1987

Whether you’re getting a job, joining the army or just playing records at a high degree of amplification, come back to 1987 with us on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Off The Chart: 19 February 1988

Come back to this day in 1988 for another two hours of forgotten and half remembered hits on this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of tracks, three cuts from one of the week’s big albums, a … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 10 November 1989

Off The Chart: 10 November 1989

We’re going back to this day in 1989 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haddock on this week’s Off The Chart! Come with us for a heap of half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s biggest … read more

Virtual C90: May 2018

Virtual C90: May 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Tony Hadley, James, Swing Out Sister, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sparks, The Alarm and Johnny Marr, plus new takes on old faves by The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, as well … read more

Off The Chart Live: 24 February 1985

Off The Chart: 24 February 1985

It’s a special occasion on Off The Chart this week as we reach our 100th edition! To celebrate, we did the whole show live and unedited – it may be a little bit rough around the edges in places, but … read more

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Back to 1989 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian delight you with some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album, a song from the Irish chart, a look at the day’s events … read more

Off The Chart: 25 February 1984

Off The Chart: 25 February 1984

This week it’s 1984 on Off The Chart, Mixcloud’s 12th most successful comedy show (at least for a brief period last week). Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the … read more

Off The Chart: 24 September 1983

Off The Chart - 24 September 1983

This week on Off The Chart we go back to September 1983! Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. They’ll also be droppin’ the letter … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 August 2016

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul

The slow moving Bob Marley revival rumbles on as the remix of Is This Love breaks into the top forty for the first time, climbing to 39 on its seventh week on the chart. Meanwhile Legend holds steady at 5 … read more