Off The Chart: 17 May 1980

Off The Chart: 17 May 1980

We’re heading back a worrying number of years on this week’s Off The Chart to land on this day back in 1980! As always we’ll be dredging up some obscure, forgotten and neglected hits from that week’s singles chart, as well as tracks from three of the week’s new albums, a round up of what was going on, a long journey down under to look at the Australian chart, and back in time for the top five singles in all their pomp.

  • Who had both their top 40 hits within the space of a month?
  • Which TV presenters recruited two of the Rutles for their tie-in single?
  • And which rocker attempted to reinvent himself as a New Wave act with an album that was less than half an hour long?

Tune in and find out!



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Spotify playlists

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