Tag Archives: Paul McCartney

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new albums, a look at what was going on in the world, a sneaky look at the Billboard Hot 100 and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which ska legend was backed by a punk band on his only hit?
  • Who had hits with different recordings of the same song at opposite ends of the decade?
  • And who wrote some of the UK’s best remembered advertising jingles, but had a hit with one you probably don’t remember?

Tune in and find out!


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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: 12 January 1985

Off The Chart: 12 January 1985

It’s the 250th edition of Off The Chart this week, and they said it wouldn’t last! Despite everything we’re still here, revisiting the chart of this week in 1985 and dredging up the usual mix of obscure hits, tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Off The Chart: 29 December 1984

Absolutely nothing unusual going on this week, just a normal edition of Off The Chart looking at the less obvious hits from this day in 1984. Along the way we’ll take in some of the week’s top albums, a look … read more

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

Off The Chart: 20 October 1984

It’s the end of an era on Off The Chart this week as Steve is busy moving out of the building where the first ever episode was recorded four and a half years ago. Before the blue plaque gets erected, … read more

Off The Chart: 4 August 1989

Off The Chart: 4 August 1989

We’re going back just the thirty-one years on Off The Chart to revisit the chart from this day in 1989. As usual we’ll have a lorryload of obscure, forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus three of the week’s new albums, a … read more

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 … read more

Off The Chart: 21 April 1982

Off The Chart: 21 April 1982

Despite popular demand we’re back with another edition of Off The Chart looking at the UK singles chart of Wednesday 21 April 1982! Along the way we’ll uncover some forgotten hits, relive some of the day’s events, play tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

Off The Chart: 14 January 1984

We’re halfway through January already, but the remnants of Christmas 1983 are still hanging around as we revisit this week in 1984 on another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, plus tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Off The Chart: 31 December 1983

Live from Sandy MacPherson’s New Year party at the Village Hall, Strathpeffer, join us for two hours of hits, headlines and Hogmanay hijinks on the final Off The Chart of the decade! We’re looking at the last singles chart of … read more

Off The Rooftops

Off The Rooftops

Join us on Mad Wasp Radio at 5pm on Christmas Day for Off The Rooftops, the 2019 Off The Chart Christmas Special in which we reveal the results of our 2019 poll to find your favourite ’80s Xmas Hits! We’ll … read more

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Off The Chart: 5 November 1984

Join us for a trip back to this day in 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart! There’ll be the usual sparkling wit and loads of bangers from the day’s UK singles chart (but nothing by Catherine Wheel as all … read more

Now Parlez 4

Now Parlez 4 artwork

Episode 4 of Now Parlez sees Steve and Julian take the conventional route by examining Now That’s What I Call Music 4, talking about the album and playing tracks from the original vinyl. Record company shenanigans abound as Paul McCartney’s … read more