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Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

We’re going back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart for two hours of the day’s hits, some of them vaguely festive, some of them not. There’s also the usual look at the day’s goings-on, three of the week’s new albums (such as they are), a quick sneaky look at the Dutch chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which former Christmas number 1 act ended their career with a week at number 100?
  • Whose latest single made the top 20 even though they asked their fans not to buy it?
  • And who had two American hits with covers of songs by a British band, but were outsold here by that band’s new song?

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! This week we start off talking about the chart and somehow manage to end up taking about racist comedians, the naked balloon dance and Mike Batt’s AC/DC tribute band. 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: 3 November 1985

Off The Chart: 3 November 1985

Another dexy draws to a close as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Your regular serving of obscure and forgotten hits awaits, along with three of the week’s new albums, a look at the … read more

Off The Chart: 21 April 1982

Off The Chart: 21 April 1982

Despite popular demand we’re back with another edition of Off The Chart looking at the UK singles chart of Wednesday 21 April 1982! Along the way we’ll uncover some forgotten hits, relive some of the day’s events, play tracks from … read more

Mixcloud Select: MegaMegamixMix

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How many ’80s hits can we cram into a CD’s worth of space? We’ve lost count, quite honestly. The MegaMegamixMix brings together nine megamixes, each one full of hits by some of the decade’s biggest acts. It’s 75 minutes of … read more

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

We’re heading back 33 years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1986! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten or half remembered hits, pick out three new entries on … read more

Off The Chart: 9 April 1984

Off The Chart: 9 April 1984

Come back to this day in 1984 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ve got a brace of forgotten and half remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit albums, a peek at an international … 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

Virtual C90: October 2018

Virtual C90: October 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kim Wilde, The Bangles, Neneh Cherry and Blancmange, some new takes on old favourites by Johnny Hates Jazz, a-ha, Bananarama and Queen, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Off The Chart: 22 September 1985

Time to fire up the old flux capacitor as we go back to the… well, the past, frankly. This week’s Off The Chart revisits the UK singles chart of this week in 1985 and plays some of the hits you … read more

Off The Chart: 28 July 1982

Off The Chart: 28 July 1982

Whether you’re driving in your car, taking the night train or even learning how to fly, make sure you join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and havoc from this day in 1982! As always there’s … read more

Off The Chart: 7 April 1983

Off The Chart: 7 April 1983

Come back to this week in 1983 as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits on Off The Chart! There’s also three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a Swedish hit and the top five … read more