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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 at the day’s events, a quick run through the Japanese top ten and back home for the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who had two hit best-of albums in the UK before he’d had a top 40 single?
  • Who had a comedy show on TV and a not intentionally funny single in the chart today?
  • And why did this week’s entire top three return to the top 40 twelve months later?

Tune in and find out!


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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’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! On this week’s podcast we get driving advice from Stevie Wonder, a complaint from an MP and an A-Z of the entire year. 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: 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: 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

Off The Chart: 8 September 1984

Off The Chart: 8 September 1984

Come back to this week in 1984 as Off The Chart takes another look at some less obvious hits! There’s also three tracks from one of the week’s biggest (and most controversial) albums, a look at the day’s events, a … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

1985 Christmas Top 40

Shakin' Stevens

After the pop frenzy of the previous year, 1985 was something of a let down. With Frankie, Spandau and Culture Club all taking a year off and Wham! and Duran each offering up only one new song in the entire … read more

1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

1984 was the high water mark for ’80s pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominated the chart. If only all these amazing acts could come together to record one enormous hit single together, … read more