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Trick or Treat

Virtual CD of the Month: Trick or Treat

Exclusively for our Patreon backers, this month’s Virtual CD is a celebration of all things weird, spooky and ghoulish, from the gothic rock of Bauhaus to the sinister synths of Japan, via the sheer lunacy of The Cramps and Toto Coelo. Eighteen ’80s cuts designed to make your Halloween go with a bang – the kind that happens unexpectedly at 3am and wakes you up. As always, it’s available to enjoy on either Spotify or Mixcloud depending on your tastes.

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Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … read more

Virtual C90: January 2018

Virtual C90: January 2018

This month our virtual mixtape takes a look back at 2017 with tracks from some of the year’s biggest releases, from Blondie to Gary Numan, Sparks to Squeeze, Depeche Mode to The Fizz! Enjoy! read more

“You forgot cranberries too?” – Virtual CD of the Month, December 2017

You forgot cranberries too?

The Virtual CD of the Month returns for December 2017, exclusively for our lovely Patreon backers. We’ve rounded up 24 festive trinkets, some of them from the ’80s, others more recent recordings by ’80s acts, none of them arriving again … read more

Further Off The Chart Seven

Further Off The Chart Seven

Has it really been a full dexy since the last one? It certainly has! Here we are again with another edition of Further Off The Chart, exclusively for our Patreon backers, in which Steve and Julian round up a dozen … read more

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Join us as we go back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits from the week’s chart and discuss the day’s events. There’s also a track from the New Zealand chart, three … read more

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 4 August 2017

Pet Shop Boys remasters

When did the Pet Shop Boys last have three albums in the chart at once? Probably not since 1987, when Actually joined Please and remix album Disco in the listings. This week they’ve done it again with new entries for … read more

Various Artists: “Manchester – North of England”

Manchester - North of England

“This is Manchester,” Granada Television and Factory Records’ Anthony H. Wilson once observed, “we do things differently here.” He wasn’t wrong. A collection of all the important music to have come from Manchester since the birth of punk would fill … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 April 2017

No Plan EP

We may have been a bit cynical about Record Store Day last week but its effectiveness becomes obvious today as David Bowie’s No Plan EP, first released digitally back in January, finally makes the official singles chart at 92. It … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more