Off The Chart: 20 December 1985It’s as close to Christmas as makes no odds, but here we are in 1985 on Off The Chart still looking at the chart before the Christmas one. Never mind, because it’s an All Suggestions Special (A.S.S.) so we’re taking no responsibility for what comes out in this week’s selection of obscure, neglected and forgotten hits, three tracks from the week’s new albums (such as they are), a round-up of the festive goings-on, a track from the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top five singles in full.

  • Who delayed their Christmas single by a year to avoid Band Aid and still almost got outsold by them?
  • Who gets a credit on someone else’s single for playing “radio”?
  • And who were the mysterious Fred Balls and Hugh Jempy?

Tune in and find out!

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