1983

Off The Chart: 19 May 1983

Off The Chart: 19 May 1983

Your regular fixed Tuesday night point in an increasingly confusing world, this week Off The Chart takes you back to this day in 1983, which was a Thursday, just to mess with your head. As always we’ll supply you with 100% of your weekly requirement of obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events and the top five singles in full.

  • Whose first two hits entered the top 100 on the same day, but both failed to reach the top 75?
  • Whose first top 20 hit for two years was another track from their first album?
  • And which hitmakers are mentioned by name in a Dire Straits song?

Tune in and find out!

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm every Tuesday! You can stream Mad Wasp Radio via their website, their apps for iOS or Android, or through TuneIn and MyTuner – and don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #OffTheChart. If you’re not around, you can hear the show again on Mad Wasp Radio at 10am on Friday, or catch up on Mixcloud after that.

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There’s a podcast too!

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’s podcast looks at the day’s hits and events as usual, along the way uncovering a band who reached the top three with 75% of all their single releases, the most successful football club in chart history, and a new theory about brontosauruses. 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!

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Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

Off The Chart: 10 March 1983

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Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

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Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

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Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

Off The Chart: 13 August 1983

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Now Parlez – Episode 1

Now Parlez artwork

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Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

Off The Chart: 4 June 1983

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Off The Chart: 26 March 1983

Off The Chart: 26 March 1983

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Off The Chart: 15 January 1983

Off The Chart: 15 January 1983

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Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Looking for something to fill the awkward gap between Halloween and Bonfire Night? Come back to this day in 1983 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haggling on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a heap … read more

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

Off The Chart: 25 August 1983

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Now, That's What I Call Music

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