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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: 19 November 1985

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Join us for another jaunt into the past as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits you weren’t expecting, plus three of the week’s big new … read more

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’ll be the usual sparkling wit and loads of bangers from the day’s UK singles chart (but nothing by Catherine Wheel as all … read more

Now Parlez 4

Now Parlez 4 artwork

Episode 4 of Now Parlez sees Steve and Julian take the conventional route by examining Now That’s What I Call Music 4, talking about the album and playing tracks from the original vinyl. Record company shenanigans abound as Paul McCartney’s … read more

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

It’s the end of another dexy so we’re off back to this day in 1985 for this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of hits that don’t get played very often, as well as three tracks from … 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

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

We’ve made it to the end of the year! To celebrate let’s go back to 1985 for some less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full. Who’s starting a … read more

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart! It’s not quite Christmas but Steve and Julian have unearthed some of the overlooked hits of the week including a very famous TV star, a forgotten single by one of the … read more

Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

Off The Chart: 8 October 1984

Back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from the featured album and the top five in full. Which comedian and writer had a … read more