Off The Chart

Off The Chart: 17 September 1988Every week on Off The Chart Steve and Julian take a sideways look at the UK singles chart from the corresponding week in a particular ’80s year and play songs you don’t normally hear on a chart rundown. They also play a track each from three of the week’s new hit albums and look at another country’s singles chart, including a track that wasn’t a hit here. All this plus the day’s news headlines, TV and radio highlights and the gigs you might have been to that day, all wrapped up in two hours of music and mayhem.

Listen to Off The Chart on Mad Wasp Radio at 9pm UK time every Tuesday, catch the repeat at 2pm on Thursday, or catch up afterwards on Mixcloud.

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17 September 1988

Smiley face T-shirts at the ready, we’re going back to this day in 1988 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a review of the day’s occurrences, a quick peek at the Dutch chart and the top five singles in full. Which track flopped as a PWL remix but was later a top forty hit in its original form? Which cover of a sixties hit was comprehensively outsold by a reissue of the original? And which hit links Richard Marx and Fee Waybill? Tune in and find out!

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For older editions of Off The Chart stretching way back to April 2016, please visit our Mixcloud page.

Spotify playlists

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!