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Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

It’s the 250th edition of Off The Chart this week, and they said it wouldn’t last! Despite everything we’re still here, revisiting the chart of this week in 1985 and dredging up the usual mix of obscure hits, tracks from the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a quick sneaky look at the South African chart, and back home for tea and the top five in full.

  • Who had one top 40 hit with a band, then found religion and had one top 40 hit as a solo act?
  • Who “cussed the Queen something terrible” in an unreleased version of a hit collaboration?
  • And who claimed that the KLF stole all their ideas?

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: 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 Rooftops

Off The Rooftops

Join us on Mad Wasp Radio at 5pm on Christmas Day for Off The Rooftops, the 2019 Off The Chart Christmas Special in which we reveal the results of our 2019 poll to find your favourite ’80s Xmas Hits! We’ll … read more

Now Parlez: The Christmas Podcast

Now Parlez - The Christmas Podcast

It’s the Christmas special edition of Now Parlez, in which Steve and Julian take a look at Now – The Christmas Album, attempt to crowbar some of the tracks into the regular categories, and play them off Steve’s original vinyl … read more

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

Remember voting for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits back in November? Finally Steve and Julian can reveal the results in this special festive edition of Off The Chart! Find out how your favourites fared as we count down all twenty-two … read more

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

This week Steve and Julian take you back to 1985 on Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hysteria. As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week, … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

We’ve made it to the end of the year! To celebrate let’s go back to 1985 for some less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full. Who’s starting a … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1984

Off The Chart: 17 December 1984

It’s still not quite Christmas on Off The Chart but we’re going back to 1984 for the Christmassiest top five ever (according to Steve) plus a load of overlooked hits and three tracks from the week’s featured album. Which band … read more

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 December 2016

Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

Amazon.co.uk Widgets The Rolling Stones’ new blues album Blue & Lonesome enters the chart at number 1 this week with over 100,000 sales, the second biggest opening week total this year after Bowie’s ★ shifted 146,000 in January. It’s also … read more