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Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

It’s Christmas! Well, actually, not quite, because we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart and there was still one more chart to go before the big day. Still, all the constituent parts are in place: the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, all the new entries on the album chart, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick jaunt over to Italy to look at their chart, and back home for the just-before-Christmas top five in full.

  • Which huge international hit turned out to be a rip off of an obscure Bolivian song?
  • Who was obliged to arrange a Christmas single at very short notice?
  • And had three hits in six months with other people’s songs?

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! ‘Twas the chart before Christmas 1989, and all through the podcast, not a creature was stirring, even though there were dogs, goldfish, goats, rabbits and an unexploded Scotsman. 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: 29 October 1989

Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

Don’t tune in at 19:00 or 18:14, but 21:00 hours sharp for this week’s Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1989 for two hours of hits, headlines and hokum including the usual brace of hits you’ve … read more

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

We’re rewinding to 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of forgotten hits, tracks from the week’s featured album, a look at the day’s events, a track from the Dutch chart and the … read more

Off The Chart: 29 April 1989

Join Steve and Julian as they spend two hours dismantling the UK singles chart of 29 April 1989! They’re playing lots of hits you don’t hear all that often, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a song from this … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 September 2016

Top Of The Pops 1980-1984

Absolute scenes on the singles chart as the remix of Bob Marley‘s Is This Love leaps nineteen places to number 20 after seven weeks pootling around in the shallow end. Conversely Legend drops a place to number 6 on the … read more

Virtual C90 – September 2016

Virtual C90 - September 2016

Loads of new music this month from Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Yello, New Model Army, Deacon Blue, Barry Gibb and the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra! Plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 August 2016

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul

The slow moving Bob Marley revival rumbles on as the remix of Is This Love breaks into the top forty for the first time, climbing to 39 on its seventh week on the chart. Meanwhile Legend holds steady at 5 … read more