Why Paul McCartney’s ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street’ Was Doomed to Fail

Paul McCartney album revisiting classic Beatles tracks with help from members of Pink FloydLed Zeppelin and his old Fab Four bandmates should have been a slam dunk. Instead, the messy, unfocused Give My Regards to Broad Street caused McCartney’s decade-long winning streak to come to a crashing halt. McCartney entered the ’80s on a high note with the chart-topping solo albums McCartney II and Tug of War, followed by the Top 5 hit Pipes of Peace. In late 1982, McCartney began working on a film titled Give My Regards to Broad Street, which chronicles a day in the life of the cute Beatle as he tracks down the missing master tapes for his new album.