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Off The Chart: 7 December 1983

Off The Chart: 7 December 1983

We’re sliding down the slippery slope towards Christmas on this week’s Off The Chart as we crowbar open the seventh door on our 1983 advent calendar! Join us for two hours of vaguely remembered hits from this week’s chart, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a look at the ever-popular Japanese chart and the UK’s top five in all its glory.

  • Whose fourth hit was intended to be another band’s farewell single a year earlier?
  • Which group took thirty-eight years to follow up their last hit single?
  • And who were Margaret Thatcher’s favourite socialists?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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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!

Further Off The Chart 26: Demis’s Unravelling Kaftan

Further Off The Chart 26

A mere three weeks after the close of the dexy – it’s been a busy month, sorry about that – we’re finally back with a bumper fifth birthday Further Off The Chart, our regular round up of tracks we spoke … read more

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

We’re going back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart for two hours of the day’s hits, some of them vaguely festive, some of them not. There’s also the usual look at the day’s goings-on, three of the … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of … read more

1983 Christmas Top 40

The Flying Pickets

As we hit the mid-80s, 1983 was the year the decade really started to establish a distinguishable style. In the face of the grim reality of a second term of Thatcher government, pop went flamboyant with Culture Club, Spandau Ballet … read more