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Off The Chart: 2 December 1984

Off The Chart: 2 December 1984

Back to 1984 for a bit of pre-Christmas frivolity on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian guide us through some less obvious hits, three tracks from a featured album, a hit from an international chart, a look at the day’s events and the top five in full. Which top twenty hit was a sequel to a huge number 1 from three years earlier? Who described the lyrics of their latest hit as “the confused ramblings of an ’80s popstar”? And who keeps making Shakin’ Stevens cry? Click PLAY to find out!


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Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dismantle the week’s UK singles chart. There’s loads of hits you don’t hear so often, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a track from a … read more

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

Off The Chart: 8 April 1981

All the way back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less famous records in the week’s singles chart, three tracks from the album of the week and the top five … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Back to January 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, plus three tracks from the featured album and the top five singles in full. Who turned up in … read more

“I feel my spirit’s getting old” – Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981

Odyssey

“Hi folks! Welcome to Top of the Pops once again!” Well, hello sailor. It’s solid, reliable Peter Powell in charge this week, in a strangely nautical white shirt with navy blue stripes and – yes! – red trousers. A full … read more

“Like some New Romantic looking for the TV sound” – Top of the Pops, 5 March 1981

Duran Duran

Now then, here’s someone we haven’t seen since last September when he was playing second, in fact third fiddle to Leo Sayer and Russ Abbot. Now, six months later, Mike Read is Radio 1’s hottest property, having inherited the breakfast … read more

1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

1984 was the high water mark for ’80s pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominated the chart. If only all these amazing acts could come together to record one enormous hit single together, … 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

1981 Christmas Top 40

The Human League

1981 had been something of a transitional year. The past had been condensed into a series of bite-sized chunks thanks to a slew of medley singles – the works of the Beatles (Stars On 45), ABBA (Stars On 45 2), … read more

1980 Christmas Top 40

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Christmas 1980 was something of a subdued affair. Chartwise there was a fairly standard mix of Christmas songs, novelty records and songs that had been hanging around for a while and just happened to be caught up in the festive … read more