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Off The Chart: 18 May 1984

Off The Chart: 18 May 1984

It’s time for another edition of Off The Chart, the show that takes you down Memory Lane and leaves you tied naked to a lamppost on What-The-Hell’s-This Avenue. Today we’re looking at 1984, with the usual brace of the week’s obscure hits, three new entries from the album chart, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick visit to the Dutch chart, and back home for the top five singles in full.

  • Who scored back-to-back top five hits for the first time in their decade-long career?
  • Who mashed up a ’60s classic and a new song to create something nowhere near as good as either?
  • And which new entry on the album chart is still in the top 40 thirty-seven years later?

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!

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

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Off The Chart: 18 November 1983

Come back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian cast an eye over the week’s UK singles chart. There’ll be some familiar hits, some vaguely familiar hits and hits you almost certainly haven’t heard … read more