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Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Please don’t panic buy this week’s Off The Chart, there’s plenty forgotten and half remembered hits from this week in 1983 to go around! We’re fully stocked with tracks from three of the week’s new hit albums, the day’s news headlines, TV and radio highlights, gigs, a look at the Belgian chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Which punk singer went synthpop and included software for the ZX Spectrum on his solo album?
  • Who recorded the opening track for their new album straight off the radio?
  • And which song plays on a constant loop as part of an art installation in the Namib Desert?

Tune in and find out! (Max. 5 per customer. Please wash your hands before listening.)

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Now there’s a podcast too!

Listen on SpotifyFor those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’re now putting the talky bits together into a podcast! In this week’s episode Steve and Julian discuss hit songs named after biscuits, members of prog bands writing songs for pop groups, and the TV show that got no viewers at all. 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: 30 July 1981

Off The Chart: 30 July 1981

After last week’s outbreak of royal wedding fever, come back to this day in 1981 on Off The Chart where we’ve just missed another one! Never mind, there’s still the usual two hours of hits, headlines and hot takes including … read more

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Off The Chart: 21 May 1981

Come all the way back to this day in 1981 with us on another Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have two hours of hits you might not remember, as well as some of the week’s new hit albums, a … read more

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Off The Chart: 24 November 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and happenstance. As always we’ve got a brace of hits you don’t often hear on a … 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: 25 August 1983

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Line up and look busy for this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian take you back to this day in 1983! There’s oodles of hits, some of which you might remember, others you almost certainly won’t. On top … read more

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Off The Chart: 11 August 1981

Things have changed on this week’s Off The Chart, but only ever so slightly. In fact you might not even notice the difference as Steve and Julian whisk you back to 11 August 1981 for two hours of not-very-well remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Off The Chart: 4 August 1986

Whether you’re calling all the heroes or just putting on some camouflage and fighting for yourself, you can take a couple of hours off to listen to this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian are dragging us back to … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

Off The Chart: 25 November 1989

Off The Chart: 25 November 1989

We’re almost at the end of the ’80s this week as we go back to the chart of 25 November 1989! As always there’s a bunch of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a song … read more