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Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

In need of escape for a couple of hours? Join us as we go back to this day in 1984 on Off The Chart and discover how little things have changed since then. But there’s also the usual delivery of obscure and forgotten hits, three extremely varied new entries on the album chart, a look at the West German chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Who had their first hit since 1979 with a song that was almost – but not quite – identical to their biggest hit?
  • Who returned to the music business with a solo single less than six months after announcing their retirement?
  • And what feat did the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest winner achieve that has never been repeated since?

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 podcast looks at the day’s hits and events as usual, as well as Billy Ocean’s numerous queens, the shortest retirement in pop history and a socially distanced Genesis reunion. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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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: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Crack open your beverage of choice and spread out some nibbles, it’s the 150th edition of Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and high jinks from this day in 1985, including a … read more

Carry On Off The Chart: Red Nose Day special!

Carry On Off The Chart

A few weeks back we asked you to vote for your favourite comedy and novelty records of the ’80s, and now the results can be revealed in our Red Nose Day Off The Chart special! Who’ll be number one? An … read more

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart! It’s not quite Christmas but Steve and Julian have unearthed some of the overlooked hits of the week including a very famous TV star, a forgotten single by one of the … read more

Off The Chart: 30 July 1984

Off The Chart: 30 July 1984

On Off The Chart this week Steve and Julian revisit the chart of 30 July 1984 and play some of the hits that don’t get played anymore, plus the top five in full. They’re joined by special guest A Recording … read more

1983 Christmas Top 40

The Flying Pickets

As we hit the mid-80s, 1983 was the year the decade really started to establish a distinguishable style. In the face of the grim reality of a second term of Thatcher government, pop went flamboyant with Culture Club, Spandau Ballet … read more