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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.

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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, 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.

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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: 26 November 1988

Off The Chart: 26 November 1988

You might notice some product placement on this week’s edition of Off The Chart, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum. So, on this week’s naughty but nice show we’re heading back to 1988 for two hours of … 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

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

Off The Chart: 19 May 1982

Off The Chart: 19 May 1982

Come back to 1982 for another two hours of hits, headlines and hullabaloo on Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian are here to deliver another lorryload of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 5 May 1985

Off The Chart: 5 May 1985

After receiving feedback on last week’s show, the bleep machine is working overtime as Steve and Julian try and comply with the request for “less of the sh*t talk thank you”. But they still manage to fit in a host … read more

Off The Chart: 12 August 1982

We’re going back 35 years on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dismantle the chart of 12 August 1982! There are some forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, a song from … read more

Off The Chart: 27 May 1988

Off The Chart: 27 May 1988

We’re arriving back in 1988 this week on Off The Chart with two hours of half-remembered hits, vague reminiscences, a featured album of the week and the top five singles in full – all six of them. The launderette is … read more

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

Off The Chart: 13 August 1985

This week Steve and Julian take on the chart of 13 August 1985, playing some of the hits you don’t often hear, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five in full. Why did the … read more

Virtual C90 – June 2016

Virtual C90 - June 2016

New music this month from ABC, Bruce Foxton, Department S, Dexys and the Stone Roses, plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual C90 is now on Mixcloud as well as Spotify. Enjoy! read more