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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, however, we still have to cover the chart from this day in 1984 with the regular brace of less familiar hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick jaunt through the Belgian chart and the top five in full.

  • Which controversial hit was covered by Britain’s top selling reggae star?
  • Who made their own silver disc for a single that only got to number 15?
  • And whose final venture into films was called “as close as you can get to a non-movie”?

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! It’s another complicated podcast this week, but we still manage to cobble together a look at the UK charts of this day in 1984, while Paul Young has a tantrum, Elton John has a domestic and Midge Ure has to stop to get his breath back.

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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: 6 October 1983

Off The Chart: 6 October 1983

It’s the return of our old favourites Government Restrictions this week, but your remotely recorded Off The Chart is still here to revisit this day in 1983! Along the way we’ll bring you the usual brace of obscure and forgotten … read more

Off The Chart: 25 August 1985

Off The Chart: 25 August 1985

We’re off back to this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart with the usual lorryload of hits you might not remember or want to forget. We’re also playing all the new entries on the album chart, as … read more

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Off The Chart: 19 November 1985

Join us for another jaunt into the past as we revisit this day in 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! As always we’re bringing you two hours of hits you weren’t expecting, plus three of the week’s big new … read more

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Off The Chart: 10 September 1985

Put on your best pastel coloured suit and fire up your brand new £500 Compact Disc player, we’re going back to this day in 1985 for another Off The Chart! Join us for two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, … read more

Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

Off The Chart: 3 September 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 this week as Steve and Julian fight off the studio gremlins to bring you another edition of Off The Chart! The links might sound a bit odd but the music is top … read more

Now Parlez 7

Now Parlez 7 artwork

The seventh edition of Now Parlez in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart discuss a Now That’s What I Call Music album and play some of the tracks from it. This time we’re looking at Now 7 from … 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: Upside Down – 20 Indie No.1s 1980-89

Upside Down

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! Upside Down is a collection of … read more

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

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Off The Chart: 16 April 1980

Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and horsefeathers as we journey all the way back to 1980 on this week’s Off The Chart! As usual we’ve got a host of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from … read more

Can I get a Rewind? 2019 Rewind Festival details announced

Rewind South 2018

Photo: Gobinder Jhitta The details of this year’s Rewind festivals have been announced, with acts such as Bryan Ferry, Foreigner and the Four Tops among the headliners of the three events across the UK in July and August. Michael Bolton, … read more