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Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Despite the confusion over lockdown rules, it’s perfectly safe to listen to this week’s Off The Chart at the same time as everyone else! Stay at home and join us for two hours of forgotten hits from this day in 1987, as well as the usual look at the day’s events, three of the week’s new albums, a squint at the Italian chart and the top five singles in full.

  • Who had twenty-seven hit singles over twenty years but only reached the top thirty once?
  • Who charted with an album of B-sides before they’d had a top 75 single?
  • And which two acts were in the top five with their first big hit in fifteen years?

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 – 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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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’s podcast looks at the day’s hits and events as usual, but along the way no doubt we’ll get sidetracked by Madonna’s blue rinse, a record without a hole in the middle and a man taking his clothes off in a laundrette. 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: 7 April 1985

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

It’s Easter 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian laugh in the face of technical problems to revisit the UK singles chart from 35 years ago today! This week’s hollow, chocolate-flavoured show contains the usual selection … read more

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

Off The Chart: 22 December 1986

It’s almost Christmas, but let’s ignore that for now as we go back to 1986 to revisit a Christmas chart with almost no festive records in it at all! Steve and Julian bring you another two hours of half-forgotten hits, … 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

Virtual C90: October 2018

Virtual C90: October 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kim Wilde, The Bangles, Neneh Cherry and Blancmange, some new takes on old favourites by Johnny Hates Jazz, a-ha, Bananarama and Queen, plus the usual mix of hits, misses and mixes from … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland – Steve’s festival diary

Let's Rock Scotland

“Are we on the right bus?” A question, seemingly genuine, from one of a gaggle of people attempting to board an already crowded vehicle while struggling with a picnic so vast the local Co-Op must have had to close early. … read more

Let’s Rock Scotland: Dalkeith Country Park, 23 June 2018

Billy Ocean at Let's Rock Scotland

Since Rewind is brilliant, I couldn’t resist giving another retro festival a go, especially with such a stellar lineup as Let’s Rock. Joining me in this new adventure was regular festival buddy Sarah, long-suffering husband Pete, and new gig pal … read more

Off The Chart: 5 May 1985

Off The Chart: 5 May 1985

After receiving feedback on last week’s show, the bleep machine is working overtime as Steve and Julian try and comply with the request for “less of the sh*t talk thank you”. But they still manage to fit in a host … read more

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

This week Steve and Julian take you back to 1985 on Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hysteria. As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week, … read more

Virtual C90: September 2017

Virtual C90: September 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from George Michael, Michael Jackson, OMD, Sparks, Bros, The Fizz, Squeeze, The Waterboys, U2, The Blow Monkeys and Hue & Cry! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-23 July 2017

Human League at Rewind Scotland 2017

It’s Saturday afternoon. A man in a neon T-shirt is offering me and my pal a water pouch full of rum, while Mark King slaps at his bass in the background. I get a strange feeling of déjà vu, and … read more