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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: 8 September 1982

Off The Chart: 8 September 1982

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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

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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

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Off The Chart: 20 May 1985

Join us for another two hours of memories and mayhem as Steve and Julian take on the UK singles chart of 20 May 1985! There’s lots of hits you haven’t heard for ages, three tracks from a very famous featured … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

Off The Chart: 21 January 1986

Off The Chart: 21 January 1986

On this week’s Off The Chart we’re looking at the hits of January 1986! Steve and Julian play a selection of hits you don’t hear very often, three tracks from the featured album and the top five in full. Who … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 18 November 2016

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It’s déjà vu all over again in this week’s album chart as Cliff Richard‘s new oldies set Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll enters the chart at number 4, one place above Elvis Presley’s latest repackaging. That’ll please him. David Bowie‘s … read more

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

This week Steve and Julian take on the chart of 13 August 1985, playing some of the hits you don’t often hear, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five in full. Why did the … read more