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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 at the day’s events, a quick run through the Japanese top ten and back home for the UK’s top five in full.

  • Who had two hit best-of albums in the UK before he’d had a top 40 single?
  • Who had a comedy show on TV and a not intentionally funny single in the chart today?
  • And why did this week’s entire top three return to the top 40 twelve months later?

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.

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! On this week’s podcast we get driving advice from Stevie Wonder, a complaint from an MP and an A-Z of the entire year. 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!

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Off The Chart: 8 December 1987

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Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

Off The Chart: 10 November 1988

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Off The Chart: 11 August 1984

Off The Chart: 11 August 1984

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Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

Off The Chart: 28 January 1985

They said it wouldn’t last… in fact, we said it wouldn’t last, but here we are with the 200th edition of Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1985 for a brace of unremembered hits, tracks from … read more

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

Off The Chart: 21 January 1980

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Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Off The Chart: 23 July 1986

Polish your helicopters, don your ginger wigs and come back to this day in 1986 for a special Royal Wedding edition of Off The Chart! Among the street parties and random tossing of confetti there’ll be the usual brace of … 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

Virtual C90: June 2018

Virtual C90: June 2018

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Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … read more

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

Off The Chart: 26 May 1986

It’s another bank holiday weekend and Steve and Julian have taken to the beach for this week’s Off The Chart! Join them for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash as they revisit this day in 1986 – there’s the … read more

Off The Chart: 12 May 1988

Off The Chart: 12 May 1988

A new dexy, a new look but the same old shenanigans on Off The Chart as we head back to this week in 1988! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of hits, headlines and hogwash including some forgotten and … read more