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Off The Chart: 26 May 1989

Off The Chart: 26 May 1989

Join us for another Off The Chart as we go back to this day in 1989! It’s two hours long, enough to get you at least halfway to Durham from most parts of the UK, accompanied by the usual complement of forgotten hits, the day’s events, three of the week’s new albums, a sneaky look at the Australian chart, and the top five singles in full.

  • Which band’s first ever hit also returned a ’60s star to the chart for the first time in 25 years?
  • Who successfully followed another band’s instructions on how to have a number one hit?
  • And which Motown legend modernised her sound and was rewarded with the least successful album of her entire career?

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, while involving singles you could wear as jewellery, the perils of pop groups adopting house music, and Bryan Ferry causing an environmental disaster. 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: 25 November 1989

Off The Chart: 25 November 1989

We’re almost at the end of the ’80s this week as we go back to the chart of 25 November 1989! As always there’s a bunch of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a song … read more

Various Artists: “Manchester – North of England”

Manchester - North of England

“This is Manchester,” Granada Television and Factory Records’ Anthony H. Wilson once observed, “we do things differently here.” He wasn’t wrong. A collection of all the important music to have come from Manchester since the birth of punk would fill … read more

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

This week we’re sneaking up on the end of the eighties with the chart of 1 October 1989! Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. … read more