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The Off The Chart Summer Special

The Off The Chart Summer Special

Ah, summer. Long days full of blazing sunshine, a gentle breeze wafting across the sandy beach, perhaps a stroll along the promenade for an ice cream.

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Ah. That’s except for viewers in Scotland, who will have to put up with the usual torrential rain, gale force winds blowing wet sand into their face, and being divebombed by seagulls intent on stealing your soggy chips.

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Regardless, we decided it would be a smashing idea to do a Summer Special in the mould of the old Radio 1 Roadshow and so, unlike previous summer specials which were just regular studio shows with copious sound effects overlaid on them, this year we actually went out for real to record on the beach in North Berwick. Join us as we play a load of summery ’80s records, reminisce about the summers of our youth (and those of our listeners) and, because it’s the summer roadshow, play Bits and Pieces!


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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!

Mixcloud Select: Long Hot Summer

Virtual CD of the Month: Long Hot Summer

Following the stunning revelation in the Daily Express that summer is now expected to carry on until autumn, August 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month contains nearly 80 minutes of extended 12″ grooves to get you through this long hot … read more

Mixcloud Select: Upside Down – 20 Indie No.1s 1980-89

Upside Down

To introduce our new Mixcloud Select site, we’re reactivating our classic Virtual CD Of The Month feature and reissuing the original virtual CDs that we tried to entice people into backing us on Patreon! Upside Down is a collection of … read more

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Polish your helicopters, don your ginger wigs and come back to this day in 1986 for a special Royal Wedding edition of Off The Chart! Among the street parties and random tossing of confetti there’ll be the usual brace of … read more

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

Off The Chart: 14 May 1986

We’re heading back 33 years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit the UK singles chart from this day in 1986! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten or half remembered hits, pick out three new entries on … read more

Off The Chart: 10 November 1989

Off The Chart: 10 November 1989

We’re going back to this day in 1989 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haddock on this week’s Off The Chart! Come with us for a heap of half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s biggest … read more

Off The Chart: 1 September 1989

Off The Chart: 1 September 1989

We’re getting perilously close to the 1990s on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit the UK singles chart from the first week in September 1989. As usual Steve and Julian drag you through two hours of forgotten and … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

We’re rewinding to 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of forgotten hits, tracks from the week’s featured album, a look at the day’s events, a track from the Dutch chart and the … read more

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Off The Chart: 16 September 1989

Back to 1989 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian delight you with some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album, a song from the Irish chart, a look at the day’s events … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

We’ve received a leaflet… but we’re still carrying on with the UK singles chart of 12 November 1986 in this week’s Off The Chart! There’s hits from Fuzzbox, New Order, Kate Bush, a featured album from Kraftwerk and an all-female … read more