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Off The Chart: 26 October 1985

Off The Chart: 26 October 1985

Somehow we’ve made it back to 1985 again on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for a withering look at the UK singles chart from this week in 1985, including a brace of obscure, forgotten or overlooked hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick jaunt to Italy to look at their chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Who had so many top five hits in 1985 that one of them got lost?
  • Who released three albums in the last twelve months of his life?
  • And which album was described as “possibly the greatest live album of all time”?

Tune in and find out!


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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: 9 July 1988

Off The Chart: 9 July 1988

The cycle never stops – no sooner have we come to the end of one dexy than we’re starting another one! It’s 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart, with the usual mixture of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of … 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: 21 July 1988

Off The Chart: 21 July 1988

There’s a beat going on (isn’t there always?) on this week’s Off The Chart as we go back thirty years to this day in 1988! As always Steve and Julian pick out some forgotten and half-remembered hits as well as … read more

Virtual C90: November 2016

Virtual C90 - November 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Madness, Bon Jovi, Status Quo and Chas & Dave, plus the usual mix of ’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