Tag Archives: Culture Club

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

Off The Chart: 15 December 1983

We’re going back to this day in 1983 on Off The Chart for two hours of the day’s hits, some of them vaguely festive, some of them not. There’s also the usual look at the day’s goings-on, three of the week’s new albums (such as they are), a quick sneaky look at the Dutch chart, and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which former Christmas number 1 act ended their career with a week at number 100?
  • Whose latest single made the top 20 even though they asked their fans not to buy it?
  • And who had two American hits with covers of songs by a British band, but were outsold here by that band’s new song?

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.

Get the Extended Mix!

If you enjoy Off The Chart but find it’s just not long enough, why not join us on Patreon or Mixcloud Select? For a small monthly subscription you get access to the exclusive Extended Mix of the show every week with bonus 12″ mixes, additional chatter and the week’s top ten singles in full!

Our subscribers also get access to exclusive shows including Further Off The Chart in which we play some of the records that come up in conversation on the regular shows. You can even download shows to listen offline in the Mixcloud app! Please consider backing us – we really appreciate it and your subscription allows us to keep producing a new episode every single week.

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 start off talking about the chart and somehow manage to end up taking about racist comedians, the naked balloon dance and Mike Batt’s AC/DC tribute band. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

powered by Sounder

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: 20 October 1984

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

It’s the end of an era on Off The Chart this week as Steve is busy moving out of the building where the first ever episode was recorded four and a half years ago. Before the blue plaque gets erected, … read more

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 … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of … read more

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Whether you’re painting a picture, playing cards or firing up the barbie, make sure you’re listening to this week’s Off The Chart! We’re going back to this day in 1983 for a load of forgotten and unremembered hits, three of … read more

Now Parlez – Episode 1

Now Parlez artwork

On the occasion of… (checks notes) the 100th anniversary of the first Now That’s What I Call Music album, Off The Chart‘s Steve and Julian pick over the bones of that first album, playing some of the key tracks – … read more

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Off The Chart: 15 December 1982

Need something to help you through the Christmas wrapping? Join Steve and Julian for a trip back to 1982 in this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … 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

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Off The Chart: 3 November 1983

Looking for something to fill the awkward gap between Halloween and Bonfire Night? Come back to this day in 1983 for another two hours of hits, headlines and haggling on this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a heap … read more

Off The Chart: 6 October 1982

Off The Chart: 6 October 1982

We’re heading back to this day in 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hanky-panky! Join Steve and Julian for more forgotten hits, three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

Virtual C90: September 2018

Virtual C90: September 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Culture Club, Blancmange and Paul McCartney, some new takes on old favourites by Echo & The Bunnymen, Bronski Beat and Billy Idol, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more