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Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

They said it wouldn’t last… in fact, we said it wouldn’t last, but here we are with the 200th edition of Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1985 for a brace of unremembered hits, tracks from three of the week’s big albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick squint at the Japanese chart, a special 200th show competition and the top five singles in full.

  • Which obscure indie band’s drummer became a huge star on US television?
  • Who changed their name immediately after their breakthrough hit, ensuring they never charted again?
  • And which country superstar had his brain removed and implanted in a chicken? (citation needed)

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: 21 January 1980

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

It’s almost a 1970s special on your favourite ’80s chart show this week, as we go back a whole forty years to this day in January 1980! As usual there’s two hours of hits you might just about vaguely remember, … read more

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Polish your helicopters, don your ginger wigs and come back to this day in 1986 for a special Royal Wedding edition of Off The Chart! Among the street parties and random tossing of confetti there’ll be the usual brace of … 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: June 2018

Virtual C90: June 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Rick Astley, Prince, Johnny Marr, Tony Hadley and Nick Lowe, plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and 12″ mixes. Give it a listen on Mixcloud or Spotify! read more

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … read more

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

It’s another bank holiday weekend and Steve and Julian have taken to the beach for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash as they revisit this day in 1986 – there’s the … read more

Off The Chart: 12 May 1988

Off The Chart: 12 May 1988

A new dexy, a new look but the same old shenanigans on Off The Chart as we head back to this week in 1988! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash including some forgotten and … read more

Virtual C90: April 2018

Virtual C90: April 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kylie Minogue, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Samantha Fox, The Damned, Rick Parfitt, Lisa Stansfield and Chas & Dave, a remixed classic from Paul Simon, a newly unearthed recording by Prince and … read more

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

There are some strange goings-on on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a very odd chart from this week in 1983. As always there’s a hatful of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from the … read more

Off The Chart: 19 August 1986

Off The Chart: 19 August 1986

Come with us back to August 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian uncover some of the week’s forgotten hits, review the day’s events, play three tracks from the week’s featured album, plus a track from that … read more

Virtual C90: July 2017

Virtual C90 - July 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Nick Heyward, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Marc Almond, Gene Loves Jezebel and Gary Numan, plus a previously unreleased track by Prince and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more