Tag Archives: Human League

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

Off The Chart: 5 May 1981

You thought the news was grim these days? Join us for this week’s Off The Chart and you’ll be elated to discover things were just as grim on this day in 1981, if not more so. But at least the music was better! As always we’re bringing you a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s big new albums and a look at what was happening in the world at large, plus a quick jaunt to South Africa to look at their top ten, and concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Whose last top 50 hit pre-empted a 1989 number one?
  • Who released a single in a sleeve that you could play as another single?
  • And what was the longest titled single ever to reach number one in the US?

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.

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’s podcast looks at the day’s hits and events while straying into the murky world of “buy one, get one free” albums, more Kim Carnes facts than you’ve ever had in one place before, and the wild, wild world of Julian’s school science lessons. It’ll 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: 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

Off The Chart: 3 December 1982

Off The Chart: 3 December 1982

December already! We’re heading back to this day in 1982 for this week’s Off The Chart, a time when Channel 4 was barely a month old, The Jam had just announced their split and Toto Coelo were already down the … 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: 16 July 1982

Off The Chart: 16 July 1982

Come back to the summer of 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three of the week’s new hit albums, a look at the day’s events, an international hit and the … read more

Off The Chart: 25 June 1980

Off The Chart: 25 June 1980

Strap yourselves in, we’re going all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a flavour of the week’s new albums, a sneaky look at the South … read more

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Off The Chart: 12 March 1981

Join us for a jaunt back to 1981 on another edition of Off The Chart! As always we’ll have a brace of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … read more

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Off The Chart: 26 February 1982

Come back to this day in 1982 for another two hours of hits, headlines and home truths on this week’s Off The Chart! There’s the usual selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of the week’s hit … 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

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: 13 October 1986

Off The Chart: 13 October 1986

Come back to this day in 1986 for another two hours of hits, headlines and happy-ever-afters on this week’s Off The Chart! As always Steve and Julian scour the week’s UK singles chart for half-remembered hits, plus three tracks from … read more

Now That’s What I Call Music

Now, That's What I Call Music

Back in the early 1980s, compilation albums were a rum lot. Labels such as K-Tel and Ronco would churn out monstrosities with titles like 20 Super Amazing Hits which would have tracks faded out early and pressed really quietly to … read more