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Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

Off The Chart: 20 July 1989

We’re going back a relatively short time on this week’s Off The Chart as we revisit this week in 1989. Along the way we’ll be picking up loads of obscure and forgotten hits, as well as three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a hit from the Austrian chart, a track from one of today’s Peel sessions and the top five in full.

  • Who had his only week on the UK chart thirty-two years after releasing his first single?
  • Who included a Radio 1 competition winner in their video?
  • And who had six top sixty hits without ever reaching the top fifty?

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!

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

It’s Christmas! Well, actually, not quite, because we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart and there was still one more chart to go before the big day. Still, all the constituent parts are … read more

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

We’re going back a mere thirty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit this week in 1989. Tune in for a brace of hits you might have forgotten (or never knew about in the first place), three of … read more

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … 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

Off The Chart: 10 December 1989

Off The Chart: 10 December 1989

We’re as close to the end of the ’80s as we’ve ever been on Off The Chart this week as we revisit the singles chart of 10 December 1989! As ever there’s three tracks from a featured album, the top … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 7 October 2016

Deacon Blue - Believers

While the overemphasis on streaming data continues to render the singles chart virtually meaningless, ’80s acts are still finding renewed success on the albums listing. Heading the charge this week are the Pixies whose new album Head Carrier enters at … read more

1989 Christmas Top 40

Andy Stewart

In many ways the last year of the decade wasn’t too dissimilar from the early years – people were still using synths and computers to make their records, except the computers were now the size of a suitcase rather than … read more