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Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of 1983 and playing lots of obscure and forgotten hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a quick look at the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who saved themselves from being one hit wonders by reaching number 99 with their follow-up single?
  • Who became the youngest person ever to have a UK top 75 hit?
  • And who had their only ever hit album this week, 28 years after their only hit single?

Tune in and find out!

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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: 22 October 1983

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Whether you’re painting a picture, playing cards or firing up the barbie, make sure you’re listening to this week’s Off The Chart! We’re going back to this day in 1983 for a load of forgotten and unremembered hits, three of … read more

Now Parlez – Episode 1

Now Parlez artwork

On the occasion of… (checks notes) the 100th anniversary of the first Now That’s What I Call Music album, Off The Chart‘s Steve and Julian pick over the bones of that first album, playing some of the key tracks – … read more

Mixcloud Select: 1hw – 22 Eighties One Hit Wonders

Virtual CD of the Month: 1hw

The obtusely titled 1hw rounds up 22 acts who reached the UK top 40 once and only once, from Men Without Hats and Mental As Anything to Baltimora and Opus. It stands for “1 Hit Wonders”, you see. But of … read more

Now That’s What I Call Music

Now, That's What I Call Music

Back in the early 1980s, compilation albums were a rum lot. Labels such as K-Tel and Ronco would churn out monstrosities with titles like 20 Super Amazing Hits which would have tracks faded out early and pressed really quietly to … read more