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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: 30 April 1988

Off The Chart: 30 April 1988

Here we go again with another trip to 1988 for this week’s Off The Chart! We’ve got all the usual features, except for one… There’s still the regular round-up of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, … read more

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

Off The Chart: 1 October 1989

This week we’re sneaking up on the end of the eighties with the chart of 1 October 1989! Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. … read more

Chart Watch & New Releases: 25 March 2016


Chart Watch After leading the pack in the midweek chart, James narrowly miss out on a number 1 album as Girl at the End of the World enters at number 2, giving the Mancunians their fourth number 2 album after … read more

New Releases: 18 March 2016

Fly (Songs Inspired By The Film: Eddie The Eagle)

Just when you thought everyone over the age of 30 had stopped releasing singles, the Pet Shop Boys are back with The Pop Kids out today on CD and download, including two new B-side tracks In Bits and One-Hit Wonder, … read more