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Off The Chart: 2 March 1989

Off The Chart: 2 March 1989

We’re on our way back to this day in 1989 for this week’s Off The Chart, rounding up some of the hits you’d forgotten about or weren’t previously aware of, some of which you might even enjoy. As usual we’re mixing that up with three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a look at the Dutch chart and the UK’s top five in full, whether you like it or not.

  • Who scored their biggest ever hit with an EP that wasn’t?
  • Which parody group made a record with the group they were parodying?
  • And who brought in a Beatle to help him score his biggest US hit?

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! In this week’s podcast we’re getting sidetracked by a punk concept album, Fine Young Cannibals’ dodgy restaurant and Holly Johnson’s Love Replacement Bus Service.

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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!

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Off The Chart: 29 January 1984

Off The Chart: 29 January 1984

Take a couple of hours off from your tax return and come back to this day in 1984 on another edition of Off The Chart! We’ve got another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one 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

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

Off The Chart: 2 June 1981

After last week’s excursion to the beach, Steve and Julian are back in the studio to bring you another two hours of hits, headlines and halibut on this week’s Off The Chart! They’re taking you back to this day in … read more

Virtual C90: May 2018

Virtual C90: May 2018

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Virtual C90: February 2018

Virtual C90: February 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape brings you new music from Kim Wilde, Simple Minds, Saxon, Alexander O’Neal and lots more, plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Off The Chart: 26 August 1981

Join us as we go back to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits from the week’s chart and discuss the day’s events. There’s also a track from the New Zealand chart, three … read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more

Virtual C90: June 2017

Virtual C90 - June 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Alison Moyet, OMD, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Imagination featuring Leee John and a new solo track from Queen’s Roger Taylor. There are also some new takes on old favourites by U2, … read more

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

What a week on Off The Chart: electric doormats, potential food poisoning and the UK singles chart from this week in 1989, including lots of hits you don’t hear very often and a top five you’ve already heard far too … read more