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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: 8 October 1981

Off The Chart: 8 October 1981

We’d like to say it’s back to normal on this week’s Off The Chart but if you’re a regular listener you’ll know nothing is ever normal around here. All we can say as that there’ll be a host of hits … read more

Now Parlez 6

Now Parlez 6 artwork

The sixth edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’ve alighted on Now 6 from … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and happenstance. As always we’ve got a brace of hits you don’t often hear on a … read more

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Off The Chart: 30 September 1980

Come with us all the way back to this week in 1980 on Off The Chart! Steve and Julian uncover some of the week’s forgotten hits, look at the day’s events, pick a track from an international chart, play three … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 February 2017

New Order presents Be Music

It’s another of those unexpectedly strong weeks for ’80s Best Of albums, led by George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen climbing again to 13. Whitney Houston’s The Ultimate Collection re-enters at 18, David Bowie’s Legacy climbs to 20, Number Ones by … read more

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Off The Chart: 22 October 1985

Back to 1985 this week on Off The Chart, the year Absolute ’80s listeners voted the best of the decade. Steve and Julian attempt to prove them wrong as they dig up the week’s forgotten hits, including Eighth Wonder, Ian … read more

Off The Chart: 4 June 1985

Off The Chart: 4 June 1985

Every Saturday in our podcast-style-radio-show-thing Off The Chart, Steve Binnie and Julian Sparrow look at the chart from the corresponding week in one of the ’80s years and play the songs you don’t normally hear on a chart rundown. They … read more