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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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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.

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: 10 September 1985

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Put on your best pastel coloured suit and fire up your brand new £500 Compact Disc player, we’re going back to this day in 1985 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

Off The Chart: 1 December 1985

It’s the end of another dexy so we’re off back to this day in 1985 for this week’s Off The Chart! As always there’s a brace of hits that don’t get played very often, as well as three tracks from … read more

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 – June 2016

Virtual C90 - June 2016

New music this month from ABC, Bruce Foxton, Department S, Dexys and the Stone Roses, plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual C90 is now on Mixcloud as well as Spotify. Enjoy! read more

1981 Christmas Top 40

The Human League

1981 had been something of a transitional year. The past had been condensed into a series of bite-sized chunks thanks to a slew of medley singles – the works of the Beatles (Stars On 45), ABBA (Stars On 45 2), … read more