Author Archives: Steve Binnie

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from three of the week’s big albums, a look back at the day’s events, a quick nose at the Irish singles chart and the UK’s top five singles in full.

  • Which band had fourteen hit singles but only reached the top forty once?
  • Who had his last top twenty hit with an unexpected cover version?
  • And whose latest hit sounds like a parody of their big hit from the previous year?

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: 7 January 1989

Off The Chart: 7 January 1989

We’re back at the start of the year for another Off The Chart! Join us for a trip back to the 7th of January 1989 involving two hours of hits you might not remember, three selections from the album chart, … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart 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

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank… ah no, my mistake, it’s the Off The Chart studio. Join us later than usual at 10pm for a festive sleigh ride through the Christmas chart of 1987! There’ll be the … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Join us on a voyage all the way back to this day in 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have a whole heap of hits you’ve forgotten about, or never knew about in the first place, … 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: 10 December 1986

Off The Chart: 10 December 1986

It’s not quite Christmas, but we’re getting there! Join us for a trip back to 1986 on this week’s Off The Chart as we sift through another stack of forgotten and half-remembered hits, as well as three of the week’s … 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: 26 November 1988

Off The Chart: 26 November 1988

You might notice some product placement on this week’s edition of Off The Chart, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum. So, on this week’s naughty but nice show we’re heading back to 1988 for two hours of … 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: 12 November 1980

Off The Chart: 12 November 1980

We’re going all the way back to today in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits you’ve forgotten about – or never heard in the first place – plus the usual look at the … read more