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Off The Chart: 1 June 1985

Off The Chart: 1 June 1985

Come back with us to the gloriously awful summer of 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as we regale you with two hours of the week’s less obvious hits! We’ll be cherry picking some tracks you don’t hear much these days, and throwing in three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a hit from the Belgian chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose only number one was remixed by the act enjoying their only number one this week?
  • Who had ten UK hits with just five different songs?
  • And who lost an important support slot because their lead singer wouldn’t stop disrobing on stage?

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: 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 … read more

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

It’s Easter 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian laugh in the face of technical problems to revisit the UK singles chart from 35 years ago today! This week’s hollow, chocolate-flavoured show contains the usual selection … read more

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

Off The Chart: 14 April 1989

We’re rewinding to 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of forgotten hits, tracks from the week’s featured album, a look at the day’s events, a track from the Dutch chart and the … read more

Off The Chart: 11 March 1985

Off The Chart: 11 March 1985

It’s our 50th show! Join in the celebrations as we revisit this week in 1985, playing some lesser known hits from the UK singles chart, reviewing the day’s news and featuring three tracks from the album of the week. Who … read more

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more