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Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

We’re going back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart for two hours of the day’s hits, some of them vaguely festive, some of them not. There’s also the usual look at the day’s goings-on, three of the week’s new albums (such as they are), a quick sneaky look at the Dutch chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which former Christmas number 1 act ended their career with a week at number 100?
  • Whose latest single made the top 20 even though they asked their fans not to buy it?
  • And who had two American hits with covers of songs by a British band, but were outsold here by that band’s new song?

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 we start off talking about the chart and somehow manage to end up taking about racist comedians, the naked balloon dance and Mike Batt’s AC/DC tribute band. 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: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of … read more

Now Parlez: The Christmas Podcast

Now Parlez - The Christmas Podcast

It’s the Christmas special edition of Now Parlez, in which Steve and Julian take a look at Now – The Christmas Album, attempt to crowbar some of the tracks into the regular categories, and play them off Steve’s original vinyl … read more

Off The Chart: 6 August 1987

Off The Chart: 6 August 1987

Come back with us to this day in 1987 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll be playing some forgotten and half-remembered hits from the week’s UK singles chart, as well as tracks from three of the … 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: 20 October 1981

Off The Chart: 20 October 1981

We’re off back to this day in 1981 for another two hours of hits, headlines and honeycomb on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s … read more

Off The Chart: 30 December 1982

Off The Chart: 30 December 1982

Before we jump forward into 2018, come back to 1982 with Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a week when time stood still – or, more accurately, a week between Christmas and New Year when there was … read more

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Back to this week in 1982 for Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dissect the UK singles chart, playing some tracks you don’t hear very often as well as the top five in full and three tracks from the … read more

Off The Tree

Off The Tree

Join Steve and Julian for the Off The Chart Christmas party! Two hours of ’80s Xmas hits, misses and obscurities, with a few more familiar tracks thrown in for good measure. Who was Steve’s first celebrity follower on Twitter? What … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1984

Off The Chart: 17 December 1984

It’s still not quite Christmas on Off The Chart but we’re going back to 1984 for the Christmassiest top five ever (according to Steve) plus a load of overlooked hits and three tracks from the week’s featured album. Which band … read more

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

All the way back to the dim and distant days of 1980 this week as Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top five in full, including probably the strangest number … read more

“Wriggle like a snake, waddle like a duck” – Top of the Pops, 12 February 1981

Coast To Coast

“You’re right, it’s Top of the Pops!” confirms knowledgeable Richard Skinner before anyone’s even had a chance to ask the question. This week it appears that Skinner is being remodeled, in an attempt to cast off his stuffy image and … read more