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Off The Chart: 22 September 1981

Off The Chart: 22 September 1981

It’s another voyage back into time as we revisit this day in 1981 on Off The Chart! Along the way we’ll collect a dozen or so hits that you might not remember, take in three of the week’s new albums, laugh and point at the day’s news headlines, TV, radio and gigs, stop off in New Zealand for a quick look at their top ten, and come back home for the top five in full.

  • Which group had a hit with a song that was allegedly turned down by their arch rivals?
  • Who released a sequel to another band’s hit single?
  • And which group’s members once included a legendary keyboard wizard… on clarinet?

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 we learn about the Meat Loaf power stance, Alvin Stardust action figures and yet another attempt by John Peel to woo Clare Grogan. 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: 31 March 1980

Off The Chart: 31 March 1980

Your hosts Steve and Julian have gone to great lengths to ensure this week’s Off The Chart goes ahead – about ten miles, in fact, so the links might sound slightly muffled in places but everything else carries on as … read more

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

It’s almost a 1970s special on your favourite ’80s chart show this week, as we go back a whole forty years to this day in January 1980! As usual there’s two hours of hits you might just about vaguely remember, … 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

Now Parlez 9

Now Parlez 9

Join Steve and Julian as they take time out from their weekly Off The Chart show to rummage in the back of the wardrobe for another Now album! This time they’re playing tracks from Now That’s What I Call Music … read more

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

This Virtual CD is actually a virtual double LP! As part of our celebrations of 100 Now That’s What I Call Music albums, we’ve come up with this hypothetical example of what the first Now of the 1980s might have … read more

Mixcloud Select: “You forgot cranberries too?”

You forgot cranberries too?

To introduce our new Mixcloud Select site, we’re reactivating our classic Virtual CD Of The Month feature and reissuing the original virtual CDs that we tried to entice people into backing us on Patreon! From December 2017, You Forgot Cranberries … 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: 10 February 1984

Off The Chart: 10 February 1984

Come back to 1984 on this week’s Off The Chart for a spectacular display of how attitudes have changed in the past third of a century – and that’s just the first song. There’s the usual hatful of half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

Remember voting for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits back in November? Finally Steve and Julian can reveal the results in this special festive edition of Off The Chart! Find out how your favourites fared as we count down all twenty-two … read more

Off The Chart: 2 September 1987

Off The Chart: 2 September 1987

This week on Off The Chart we’re going back thirty years to revisit the chart of 2 September 1987! Steve and Julian pick out some of the less well remembered hits of the week, discuss the day’s events, play three … read more

Virtual C90: February 2017

Virtual C90: February 2017

New music this month from Depeche Mode, The Pretenders (featuring Neil Tennant), David Bowie, Marc Almond, Paul Weller and Black Star RIders, plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. read more