Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Off The Chart: 16 March 1980

Hey, wanna feel old? No, of course you don’t, nobody does. But nevertheless we’re revisiting the UK singles chart from this day in 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a lorryload of obscure and forgotten hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s goings-on and an international chart we’ve never done before! All this plus the top five in full.

  • Which ’80s legend was enjoying his first ever hit after ten years of trying?
  • Who scored their second hit album a full forty years after their first?
  • And who released a single he didn’t think would be a hit, just to fulfil his record contract?

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, or ask your smart speaker to “play Mad Wasp Radio” – 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 we’re attempting not to get sidetracked by songs about Billy Connolly, underground violence and the ever present threat of nuclear annihilation. Fun and frolics ensue!

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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!

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