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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: 25 February 1981

Off The Chart: 25 February 1981

We’re going back a terrifyingly long way to this day in 1981 for this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits you don’t remember very well, plus tracks from three of the week’s new albums, … read more

Off The Chart: 11 February 1982

Off The Chart: 11 February 1982

We’re heading back to 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of less obvious hits! Along the way we’ll be digging up the day’s events, highlighting three new entries on the week’s album chart, taking a … read more

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Off The Chart: 22 October 1983

Whether you’re painting a picture, playing cards or firing up the barbie, make sure you’re listening to this week’s Off The Chart! We’re going back to this day in 1983 for a load of forgotten and unremembered hits, three of … 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

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Off The Chart: 12 February 1985

Crack open your beverage of choice and spread out some nibbles, it’s the 150th edition of Off The Chart! Join Steve and Julian for another two hours of hits, headlines and high jinks from this day in 1985, including a … 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: April 2018

Virtual C90: April 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape includes new music from Kylie Minogue, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Samantha Fox, The Damned, Rick Parfitt, Lisa Stansfield and Chas & Dave, a remixed classic from Paul Simon, a newly unearthed recording by Prince and … read more

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … 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

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Off The Chart: 25 March 1982

Back to this week in 1982 for Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dissect the UK singles chart, playing some tracks you don’t hear very often as well as the top five in full and three tracks from the … read more

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

What a week on Off The Chart: electric doormats, potential food poisoning and the UK singles chart from this week in 1989, including lots of hits you don’t hear very often and a top five you’ve already heard far too … read more