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Off The Chart: 24 May 1985

Off The Chart: 24 May 1985

It’s all back to ours on Off The Chart this week, except that “ours” is in fact the UK singles chart from this day in 1985! We’ll be unpacking boxes full of obscure, forgotten and neglected hits, unwrapping three of the week’s new albums, searching through piles of stuff for the best of the day’s goings-on, and finding an unexpected track from the Canadian chart at the bottom of a drawer, before settling down with a housewarming gift of the top five singles in full.

  • Who was generally considered a solo act but in fact only had one solo top 40 hit?
  • Whose solo hit was reworked by his old band to give them their first Japanese hit in twenty years?
  • And which album was the first to be certified 10 x Platinum in the UK?

Tune in and find out!



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Off The Chart: 25 January 1986

Off The Chart: 25 January 1986

Please don’t join us for another edition of On The Chart today, because it’s Opposite Day. Or is it? We’ll never know, because there won’t be the usual two hours of unexpected hits from this day in 1986, nor will … read more

Off The Chart: 19 October 1980

Off The Chart: 19 October 1980

Brace yourselves, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure and unfamiliar hits, tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 17 August 1985

Off The Chart: 17 August 1985

We’re heading back to this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, a round-up of the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Off The Chart: 9 February 1981

Brace yourselves, Barnsley, we’re heading back to this day in 1981 for another edition of Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got two hours of obscure and forgotten hits, plus the day’s eye-watering news headlines, three of the week’s new … read more

Off The Chart: 2 February 1986

Off The Chart: 2 February 1986

Join us as we celebrate Groundhog Day by pretending it’s this day in 1986! We can’t promise you’ll wake up next to Andie MacDowell, but we can promise you two hours of less remembered hits, a round-up of the day’s … read more

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: 8 September 1982

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the UK singles chart, picking out some of the hits you’ve forgotten or never knew existed. We’ll also keep you abreast of the day’s … read more

Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

Off The Chart: 24 March 1984

No need to leave the house, at least for a couple of hours, as Off The Chart takes you back to this week in 1984 – simpler times, in which all we had to worry about was the threat of … read more

Off The Chart: 24 September 1982

Take a couple of hours off from retuning your colour TV set for the new Channel Four and come back to this day in 1982 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

Can I get a Rewind? 2019 Rewind Festival details announced

Rewind South 2018

Photo: Gobinder Jhitta The details of this year’s Rewind festivals have been announced, with acts such as Bryan Ferry, Foreigner and the Four Tops among the headliners of the three events across the UK in July and August. Michael Bolton, … 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