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Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

The cycle begins again as we return to 1988 for this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, three of the week’s new albums, a round-up of the day’s goings-on, a look at the Australian chart and the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which song inspired a stage musical and a film, but only reached number 41?
  • Which all-star supergroup took nineteen years to reach number one?
  • And who covered a classic song and turned it into a history lesson about the song itself?

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.

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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 we discuss Chris Rea’s broken down caravan, The Christians’ giant combine harvester, and the time the Beatles were outdone by Chaka Demus & Pliers. 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: 26 November 1988

Off The Chart: 26 November 1988

You might notice some product placement on this week’s edition of Off The Chart, but we’ll try to keep it to a minimum. So, on this week’s naughty but nice show we’re heading back to 1988 for two hours of … read more

Off The Chart: 22 January 1989

Off The Chart: 22 January 1989

Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and hot air as we go back thirty years to this day in 1989 on another Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for your regular delivery of forgotten and half-remembered … read more

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

Off The Chart: 3 February 1989

After last week’s shenanigans we’re on firmer ground this week as we look at the chart from this day in 1989! As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a (somewhat … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 7 April 2017

Mike + The Mechanics - Let Me Fly

A fairly quiet week on the album chart, although the deluxe editions of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night propel it back into the top thirty at 23 and Depeche Mode’s Spirit is still hanging on to a top thirty … read more

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

What a week on Off The Chart: electric doormats, potential food poisoning and the UK singles chart from this week in 1989, including lots of hits you don’t hear very often and a top five you’ve already heard far too … read more