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Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

It’s Christmas! Well, actually, not quite, because we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart and there was still one more chart to go before the big day. Still, all the constituent parts are in place: the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, all the new entries on the album chart, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick jaunt over to Italy to look at their chart, and back home for the just-before-Christmas top five in full.

  • Which huge international hit turned out to be a rip off of an obscure Bolivian song?
  • Who was obliged to arrange a Christmas single at very short notice?
  • And had three hits in six months with other people’s songs?

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! ‘Twas the chart before Christmas 1989, and all through the podcast, not a creature was stirring, even though there were dogs, goldfish, goats, rabbits and an unexploded Scotsman. 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: 26 November 1988

Off The Chart: 26 November 1988

You might notice some product placement on this week’s edition of Off The Chart, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum. So, on this week’s naughty but nice show we’re heading back to 1988 for two hours of … read more

Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

Get your best designer suit on, slick back your hair and fire up your brand new Compact Disc Player for February 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month! 80 minutes of sophisticated pop from the likes of ABC, Swing Out Sister, … read more

Mixcloud Select: “You forgot cranberries too?”

You forgot cranberries too?

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! From December 2017, You Forgot Cranberries … read more

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Off The Chart: 19 March 1987

Come back to this day in 1987 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes on Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual treasure trove of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 20-22 Jul 2018

A Flock of Seagulls at Rewind Scotland 2018

Everyone’s favourite retro festival turned ten this year, so I expected Rewind to pull out all the stops. And they did just that. Regular gig pals Sarah and Pete joined me again for a jaunt to sunny Perth, where we … 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

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from George Michael, Michael Jackson, OMD, Sparks, Bros, The Fizz, Squeeze, The Waterboys, U2, The Blow Monkeys and Hue & Cry! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

It’s 1987 on Off The Chart this week, the year music took some time off as the charts were full of remixes, cover versions, samples and just plain old reissues. Nevertheless, Steve and Julian take another wander through the forgotten … read more