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The Off The Chart Summer Special

The Off The Chart Summer Special

Ah, summer. Long days full of blazing sunshine, a gentle breeze wafting across the sandy beach, perhaps a stroll along the promenade for an ice cream.

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Ah. That’s except for viewers in Scotland, who will have to put up with the usual torrential rain, gale force winds blowing wet sand into their face, and being divebombed by seagulls intent on stealing your soggy chips.

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Regardless, we decided it would be a smashing idea to do a Summer Special in the mould of the old Radio 1 Roadshow and so, unlike previous summer specials which were just regular studio shows with copious sound effects overlaid on them, this year we actually went out for real to record on the beach in North Berwick. Join us as we play a load of summery ’80s records, reminisce about the summers of our youth (and those of our listeners) and, because it’s the summer roadshow, play Bits and Pieces!


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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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: 28 July 1983

Off The Chart: 28 July 1983

It’s a journey back to this day in 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a detour … read more

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Off The Chart: 16 June 1985

Looking for two hours of obscure, forgotten and barely remembered hits from this day in 1985? It’s got to be Off The Chart, just 10 cm from this website. Join us as we blunder through the UK singles chart, stopping … 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: 2 September 1987

Off The Chart: 2 September 1987

This week on Off The Chart we’re going back thirty years to revisit the chart of 2 September 1987! Steve and Julian pick out some of the less well remembered hits of the week, discuss the day’s events, play three … read more

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

Off The Chart: 17 September 1987

It’s 1987 on Off The Chart this week, the year music took some time off as the charts were full of remixes, cover versions, samples and just plain old reissues. Nevertheless, Steve and Julian take another wander through the forgotten … read more