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Off The Chart: 13 October 1989

Off The Chart: 13 October 1989

We’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart where it’s Friday the 13th, an ominous date, especially for Steve who’s just moved house and had to cobble this week’s show together in a hurry. Nevertheless, we’ll still have the regular quota of forgotten and obscure hits, three of the week’s new albums, a look at the day’s events, a quick sneaky peak at the Italian chart, and be back home in time for the top five in full.

  • Who promoted their new live album by releasing a remix of an old studio track as a single?
  • Which act swapped places to improve on the success of their first hit?
  • And which pop legend was spurned by James Joyce?

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 a bumper extended edition this week – well, not really, it’s just that Steve didn’t have time to edit it properly. But we still manage to look at the UK charts of 13 October 1989 and learn how to dance the Lambada without moving, dodge an inflatable Bruce Foxton and find out why Chris Rea has set off home for Christmas already.

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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: 29 October 1989

Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

Don’t tune in at 19:00 or 18:14, but 21:00 hours sharp for this week’s Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1989 for two hours of hits, headlines and hokum including the usual brace of hits you’ve … 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

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

Further Off The Chart 13

Further Off The Chart 13

It’s the end of another dexy so that means our lovely Patreon backers are treated to another exclusive edition of Further Off The Chart, in which Steve and Julian from Off The Chart play some of the tracks that were … read more

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

Off The Chart: 3 March 1988

After last week’s live shenanigans we’re back to normal on Off The Chart this week as we head back thirty years to the chart of 3 March 1988. As usual there’s a metric shedload of less familiar hits, three tracks … read more

Further Off The Chart Nine

Further Off The Chart Nine

Exclusively for our wonderful Patreon backers, here’s another grab bag of some of the records that came up in conversation on Off The Chart over the past dexy. On this episode: a dubious German mashup of the Pet Shop Boys … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 May 2017

Kraftwerk: 3-D - The Catalogue

Erasure enter the album chart at number 6 with World Be Gone, their thirteenth top twenty album and their highest placing since I Say I Say I Say brought their run of five consecutive number one albums to a close … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 April 2017

No Plan EP

We may have been a bit cynical about Record Store Day last week but its effectiveness becomes obvious today as David Bowie’s No Plan EP, first released digitally back in January, finally makes the official singles chart at 92. It … read more

New Releases and Record Store Day: 22 April 2017

Pet Shop Boys - Undertow

It’s Record Store Day again! Here are some of the ’80s-related releases you may wish to go vainly searching for (or wait for them to appear on eBay at hugely inflated prices): ALTERED IMAGES – Happy Birthday (2LP) ART OF … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 December 2016

Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

Amazon.co.uk Widgets The Rolling Stones’ new blues album Blue & Lonesome enters the chart at number 1 this week with over 100,000 sales, the second biggest opening week total this year after Bowie’s ★ shifted 146,000 in January. It’s also … read more