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Off The Chart: 16 June 1983

Off The Chart: 16 June 1983

We’re going back to this very day in 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian rifle through the week’s UK singles chart, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often. There’s also three tracks from one of the week’s biggest albums, a look at the day’s news, TV and radio listings and the week’s gigs, an international hit that didn’t make the chart here and the top five singles in full. And that’s not all! If you’re not backing us on Patreon you get the week’s least appetising hit as a forfeit track – backers get an exclusive extended version of the show with bonus 12″ mixes, no forfeit track and a look at this week’s US top twenty. Which of this week’s hits was a preview of a number 1 from early in the 21st century? Who had his biggest hit for almost two years under a false name? And whose second top five hit of the year was originally recorded by an idiot? Click PLAY to find out!

 


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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!

Virtual C90: May 2018

Virtual C90: May 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Tony Hadley, James, Swing Out Sister, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sparks, The Alarm and Johnny Marr, plus new takes on old faves by The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, as well … read more

Virtual C90: January 2018

Virtual C90: January 2018

This month our virtual mixtape takes a look back at 2017 with tracks from some of the year’s biggest releases, from Blondie to Gary Numan, Sparks to Squeeze, Depeche Mode to The Fizz! Enjoy! read more

“You forgot cranberries too?” – Virtual CD of the Month, December 2017

You forgot cranberries too?

The Virtual CD of the Month returns for December 2017, exclusively for our lovely Patreon backers. We’ve rounded up 24 festive trinkets, some of them from the ’80s, others more recent recordings by ’80s acts, none of them arriving again … read more

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from George Michael, Michael Jackson, OMD, Sparks, Bros, The Fizz, Squeeze, The Waterboys, U2, The Blow Monkeys and Hue & Cry! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

Off The Chart: 29 July 1985

We’re off back to this week in 1985 on Off The Chart for some of the week’s less remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a hit album, a song from the US Billboard Hot 100 … read more