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Off The Chart: 23 March 1985

Off The Chart: 23 March 1985

We’re stopping off in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hour examination of the week’s UK singles chart. We’ll have the usual selection of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a sneaky peek at the Italian chart, and we’ll be back home for the top five in full before you know it.

  • Which singer-songwriter’s two biggest hits were both charity collaborations with other acts?
  • Who inspired the decade’s most successful producers to become songwriters too?
  • And which goth legends split up after their plans to cover an ABBA song fell through?

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! This week’s episode sounds very strange due to, ahem, “technical issues”, but please stick with it because there’s an absolute bombshell about Phil Collins at the end.

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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: 9 March 1984

Off The Chart: 9 March 1984

Beware the Ninth of March! Or something like that. Anyway, we’re off back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual full load of obscure and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Absolutely nothing unusual going on this week, just a normal edition of Off The Chart looking at the less obvious hits from this day in 1984. Along the way we’ll take in some of the week’s top albums, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

It’s not quite Christmas, but we’re getting there! Join us for a trip back to 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart as we sift through another stack of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s … 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

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: 18 June 1984

Off The Chart: 18 June 1984

Join us on a trip back to this day in 1984 on another edition of Off The Chart! We’ve got the usual mix of the week’s obscure and half-remembered hits, plus a flavour of the week’s album chart, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

It’s the end of another dexy which means it’s 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and Harvesters including the usual barrowload of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one … read more

Off The Chart: 9 April 1984

Off The Chart: 9 April 1984

Come back to this day in 1984 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ve got a brace of forgotten and half remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit albums, a peek at an international … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Come back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and happy-ever-afters on this week’s Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian scour the week’s UK singles chart for half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more