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Off The Chart: 6 October 1983

Off The Chart: 6 October 1983

It’s the return of our old favourites Government Restrictions this week, but your remotely recorded Off The Chart is still here to revisit this day in 1983! Along the way we’ll bring you the usual brace of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, the ever popular Japanese top ten, and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose attempt to promote their single ended up terrifying the residents of London?
  • Who had to remove their make-up to score a top ten album?
  • And who later described their current hit as “a fair ballad from a silly film”?

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! This week Big Country wait patiently for the green man, John Lydon moves to Tokyo and Steve Wright outsells Billy Joel. 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!

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

Off The Chart: 29 September 1987

This week’s Off The Chart is brought to you in association with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, due to the continued unreliability of the Official Charts website, but we’ll still endeavour to bring you a shedload of unfamiliar … read more

Off The Chart: 22 September 1981

Off The Chart: 22 September 1981

It’s another voyage back into time as we revisit this day in 1981 on Off The Chart! Along the way we’ll collect a dozen or so hits that you might not remember, take in three of the week’s new albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 21 July 1987

21 July 1987

This week’s Off The Chart promises to be extra special as Steve and Julian are back in the same studio for the first time since March! They’re going back to this day in 1987 to gather up a brace of … read more

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 … read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

Off The Chart: 24 December 1987

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank… ah no, my mistake, it’s the Off The Chart studio. Join us later than usual at 10pm for a festive sleigh ride through the Christmas chart of 1987! There’ll be the … read more

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Off The Chart: 17 December 1981

Join us on a voyage all the way back to this day in 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ll have a whole heap of hits you’ve forgotten about, or never knew about in the first place, … read more

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

This Virtual CD is actually a virtual double LP! As part of our celebrations of 100 Now That’s What I Call Music albums, we’ve come up with this hypothetical example of what the first Now of the 1980s might have … read more

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

Off The Chart: 11 June 1989

We’re going back a mere thirty years on this week’s Off The Chart to revisit this week in 1989. Tune in for a brace of hits you might have forgotten (or never knew about in the first place), three of … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

Off The Chart: 29 December 1981

It’s the end of the year and the end of an era on Off The Chart, as Steve and Julian take you back to 1981 and find a chart so full of comedy, novelty and just plain weird records that … read more

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

Off The Chart: 8 December 1988

We’re going back thirty years to this day in 1988 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and house music – as well as rock, pop, reggae, soul and even some old time music … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

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