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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 day’s goings-on, a quick visit to West Germany to stare at their chart for a bit, and the UK’s top five singles in full.

  • Which band’s unofficial fifth member got promoted to solo hitmaker?
  • Whose biggest hit was a Frankie Goes To Hollywood reject?
  • And what was the world’s first CD single?

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! Join us to uncover a forgotten soap opera, the official definition of “unrest” and the German Two Ronnies. 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: 1 December 1985

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

It’s the end of another dexy so we’re off back to this day in 1985 for this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of hits that don’t get played very often, as well as three tracks from … 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: 7 October 1985

Off The Chart: 7 October 1985

It’s October 1985 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian as they unearth some of the week’s forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured hit album, discuss the day’s events, pluck a track … read more

Virtual C90: January 2017

Virtual C90 - January 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 is a round-up of some of the best new music from 2016 by ’80s artists, plus a few of the greats who we lost last year. 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

Virtual C90: December 2016

Virtual C90 - December 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from ABC, UB40, The Rolling Stones, Jean-Michel Jarre and Cliff Richard, plus a mix of festive and not-so-festive ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Back to 1985 this week on Off The Chart, the year Absolute ’80s listeners voted the best of the decade. Steve and Julian attempt to prove them wrong as they dig up the week’s forgotten hits, including Eighth Wonder, Ian … read more