Tag Archives: Prefab Sprout

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Looking for two hours of obscure, forgotten and barely remembered hits from this day in 1985? It’s got to be Off The Chart, just 10 cm from this website. Join us as we blunder through the UK singles chart, stopping off along the way for three of the week’s new albums, the news headlines, TV, radio, gigs, a quick trip to the Swedish chart and home in time for the top five in full.

  • Which sixties star returned to the chart on the mid eighties’ hippest record label?
  • Who scored seven top five hits in 1985 alone?
  • And who was the first singer to reach number one in the UK twice with different recordings of the same song?

Tune in and find out!

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re not around, you can hear the show again on Mad Wasp Radio at 10am on Friday, or catch up on Mixcloud after that.

Get the Extended Mix!

If you enjoy Off The Chart but find it’s just not long enough, why not join us on Patreon or Mixcloud Select? For a small monthly subscription you get access to the exclusive Extended Mix of the show every week with bonus 12″ mixes, additional chatter and the week’s top ten singles in full!

Our subscribers also get access to exclusive shows including Further Off The Chart in which we play some of the records that come up in conversation on the regular shows. You can even download shows to listen offline in the Mixcloud app! Please consider backing us – we really appreciate it and your subscription allows us to keep producing a new episode every single week.

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 podcast looks at the day’s hits and events as usual, taking in the fourth best song called “The Power of Love”, the hijacking of Demis Roussos and what happens when Bob Dylan and Shane MacGowan try to have a conversation. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

powered by Sounder

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: 18 February 1986

Off The Chart: 18 February 1986

It’s 1986 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we spend a couple of hours looking at the UK singles chart from 34 years ago. There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as … read more

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Put on your best pastel coloured suit and fire up your brand new £500 Compact Disc player, we’re going back to this day in 1985 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

Get your best designer suit on, slick back your hair and fire up your brand new Compact Disc Player for February 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month! 80 minutes of sophisticated pop from the likes of ABC, Swing Out Sister, … read more

Off The Chart: 2 April 1989

Off The Chart: 2 April 1989

Due to a weird combination of events, especially the fact that we moved from Saturdays to Tuesdays at the start of the year, today is Off The Chart‘s third birthday! Join Steve and Julian for a celebratory trip back to … 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

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Come back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart for a spectacular display of how attitudes have changed in the past third of a century – and that’s just the first song. There’s the usual hatful of half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

This week Steve and Julian take you back to 1985 on Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hysteria. As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week, … read more

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

We’re off back to this week in 1985 on Off The Chart for some of the week’s less remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album, a song from the US Billboard Hot 100 … read more

Virtual C90: May 2017

Virtual C90 - May 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Erasure, Alison Moyet, New Kids On The Block, OMD, Paul Weller and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Virtual C90 – February 2016

Virtual C90 - February 2016

This month we remember those we have lost in the past few weeks, including David Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Colin Vearncombe from Black and John Bradbury of the Specials. There’s also new music from Megadeth and ABC and the usual … read more