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Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

Off The Chart: 25 May 1980

We’re going back more than four decades on this week’s Off The Chart to play some wax cylinders from this week in 1980! We’ll be unearthing some of the week’s more obscure and forgotten hits as well as three new albums, a look at what was going on in the world, a sneaky look at the Billboard Hot 100 and back home for the top five in full.

  • Which ska legend was backed by a punk band on his only hit?
  • Who had hits with different recordings of the same song at opposite ends of the decade?
  • And who wrote some of the UK’s best remembered advertising jingles, but had a hit with one you probably don’t remember?

Tune in and find out!


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Spotify playlists

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