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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 of obscure hits, tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick day trip to France to look at their chart, and the top five hits in full.

  • Who had to wait seven years between his first and second top 40 hits?
  • Who released a single in two different mixes so you didn’t know which one you’d get until you bought it?
  • And who shocked the Chinese by kissing a woman?

Tune in and find out!

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Now there’s a podcast too!

For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’re now putting the talky bits together into a podcast! This week’s episode is enlivened by Julian’s Brian Cox anecdote, Steve’s non-racist Chinese accent and Julian’s Ed Sheeran song. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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: 6 August 1987

Off The Chart: 6 August 1987

Come back with us to this day in 1987 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll be playing some forgotten and half-remembered hits from the week’s UK singles chart, as well as tracks from three of the … read more

Now Parlez 7

Now Parlez 7 artwork

The seventh 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’re looking at Now 7 from … 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

Chart Watch and New Releases: 19 May 2017

Iron Maiden "Fear of the Dark" 2017 vinyl

A mere two months after reaching the top fifty with his Jawbone soundtrack, Paul Weller scores his seventeenth solo top ten album with A Kind Revolution which débuts at #5 today. Blondie’s Pollinator drops from 4 to 19 and Nick … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 5 May 2017

Blondie - Pollinator

The Physical Singles chart continues to confound and delight, this week highlighting the discrepancy between those Record Store Day releases that sold well on the day itself, leaving few copies available for sale after the event (such as The Smiths’ … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 April 2017

No Plan EP

We may have been a bit cynical about Record Store Day last week but its effectiveness becomes obvious today as David Bowie’s No Plan EP, first released digitally back in January, finally makes the official singles chart at 92. It … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Off The Chart: 25 June 1986

Steve and Julian take another slightly skew-whiff look at an ’80s chart, this week going back to 1986. Meet the man with two body parts in his name, hear Julian confess to a serious crime and play Six Degrees of … read more