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Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

After last week’s shenanigans we’re on firmer ground this week as we look at the chart from this day in 1989! As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a (somewhat unorthodox) featured album, a track from an international chart and the top five in full, whether you want it or not. As you still persist in not backing us at on Patreon there’s also a forfeit track which our backers don’t have to sit through. Which singer in today’s show grew up on the same street as The Jacksons? Which one hit wonders are now peddling the same hit in two different line-ups? And who was banned from Japanese TV for spitting and using a rude word? Click PLAY to find out!

 


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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!

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

Off The Chart: 3 June 1982

We’re going back 35 years to examine the UK Singles Chart of 3 June 1982 in excruciating detail! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s hottest albums, and go through perhaps the … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 31 March 2017

Fleetwood Mac "Tango in the Night" deluxe edition

Not much to report on the album chart this week, which is just as well as nobody has bothered to update it on the Official Charts website, but the Jesus & Mary Chain enter at 16 with their first album … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

Off The Chart: 31 December 1985

We’ve made it to the end of the year! To celebrate let’s go back to 1985 for some less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full. Who’s starting a … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 August 2016

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul

The slow moving Bob Marley revival rumbles on as the remix of Is This Love breaks into the top forty for the first time, climbing to 39 on its seventh week on the chart. Meanwhile Legend holds steady at 5 … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 June 2016

Rick Astley

The ’80s revival continues on the album chart as Rick Astley scores his first number 1 album since his 1987 début Whenever You Need Somebody. After a closely fought tussle, Rick’s comeback set 50 finished less than 4,000 sales ahead … read more

“Look at it from my angle” – Top of the Pops, 23 April 1981

Level 42

There’s an almighty gap in the BBC Four reruns here as we skip three whole episodes, starting with this Dave Lee Travis-fronted edition. No doubt the Daily Mail would be disgusted to realise that people ever watched it on its … read more

Virtual C90 – April 2016

Virtual C90 April 2016

New music this month from New Order, Holly Johnson, Andy Bell, Blancmange, Tanita Tikaram and James, plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Enjoy! read more

1985 Christmas Top 40

Shakin' Stevens

After the pop frenzy of the previous year, 1985 was something of a let down. With Frankie, Spandau and Culture Club all taking a year off and Wham! and Duran each offering up only one new song in the entire … read more