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Off The Chart: 13 October 1989

Off The Chart: 13 October 1989

We’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart where it’s Friday the 13th, an ominous date, especially for Steve who’s just moved house and had to cobble this week’s show together in a hurry. Nevertheless, we’ll still have the regular quota of forgotten and obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick sneaky peak at the Italian chart, and be back home in time for the top five in full.

  • Who promoted their new live album by releasing a remix of an old studio track as a single?
  • Which act swapped places to improve on the success of their first hit?
  • And which pop legend was spurned by James Joyce?

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.


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! It’s a bumper extended edition this week – well, not really, it’s just that Steve didn’t have time to edit it properly. But we still manage to look at the UK charts of 13 October 1989 and learn how to dance the Lambada without moving, dodge an inflatable Bruce Foxton and find out why Chris Rea has set off home for Christmas already.

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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 Summer Roadshow: 20 August 1989

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Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

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Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

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Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

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Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

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Off The Chart: 31 March 1987

Off The Chart - 31 March 1987

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Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

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Virtual C90: October 2017

Virtual C90: October 2017

This month’s mixtape has new music from Morrissey, Tears For Fears, Blancmange, Squeeze, Chris Rea, The Blow Monkeys, Billy Bragg, Gun and The Selecter! Plus new takes on old favourites by a-ha, Belinda Carlisle, The Fizz, The Christians and Inner … read more

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

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Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Back thirty whole years to 1987 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a hit album, a track from the Canadian chart and the UK top five in full. … read more

Virtual C90 – September 2016

Virtual C90 - September 2016

Loads of new music this month from Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Yello, New Model Army, Deacon Blue, Barry Gibb and the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra! Plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual … read more