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Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

It’s the 250th edition of Off The Chart this week, and they said it wouldn’t last! Despite everything we’re still here, revisiting the chart of this week in 1985 and dredging up the usual mix of obscure hits, tracks from the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s events, a quick sneaky look at the South African chart, and back home for tea and the top five in full.

  • Who had one top 40 hit with a band, then found religion and had one top 40 hit as a solo act?
  • Who “cussed the Queen something terrible” in an unreleased version of a hit collaboration?
  • And who claimed that the KLF stole all their ideas?

Tune in and find out!


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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 get sidetracked into breakdancing, the invention of opera and our grand plan to buy a Sinclair C5 piece by piece off eBay.

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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: 29 December 1984

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Absolutely nothing unusual going on this week, just a normal edition of Off The Chart looking at the less obvious hits from this day in 1984. Along the way we’ll take in some of the week’s top albums, a look … read more

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 … read more

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

It’s the end of an era on Off The Chart this week as Steve is busy moving out of the building where the first ever episode was recorded four and a half years ago. Before the blue plaque gets erected, … read more

Off The Chart: 7 July 1986

Off The Chart: 7 July 1986

Join us for another journey back in time as Off The Chart retreats to this day in 1986! We’ll have the usual two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus a special week for new entries on the album … read more

Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

Off The Chart: 2 June 1984

In need of escape for a couple of hours? Join us as we go back to this day in 1984 on Off The Chart and discover how little things have changed since then. But there’s also the usual delivery of … read more

Off The Rooftops

Off The Rooftops

Join us on Mad Wasp Radio at 5pm on Christmas Day for Off The Rooftops, the 2019 Off The Chart Christmas Special in which we reveal the results of our 2019 poll to find your favourite ’80s Xmas Hits! We’ll … 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: 3 December 1982

Off The Chart: 3 December 1982

December already! We’re heading back to this day in 1982 for this week’s Off The Chart, a time when Channel 4 was barely a month old, The Jam had just announced their split and Toto Coelo were already down the … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Join us for another jaunt into the past as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits you weren’t expecting, plus three of the week’s big new … read more

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’ll be the usual sparkling wit and loads of bangers from the day’s UK singles chart (but nothing by Catherine Wheel as all … read more

Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1983 for another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits, headlines and hoovering from thirty-six years ago, including a load of hits you … read more