March 14 – Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado, The Jam Going Underground

1885

GAS

Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado premieres in London.

It remains the most frequently performed comic opera seen at the Savoy Theatre, built in 1881 by Richard D’Oyly Carte to showcase their work. (The first work to play there was their sixth: Patience.)

Their first collaboration, Thespis, had debuted Dec. 26, 1871 (Sullivan was 29) — most of its music is lost. They will co-write 14 comic operas, the last in 1896.

1980

After 3 years of singles slowly climbing the charts, Brit punk/new wave band The Jam (formed in 1972) debut at UK#1 with single Going Underground.

And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground
(Going underground)

Well, the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground
(Going underground)
So let the boys all sing
And the boys all shout for tomorrow

In two more years they drop 3 of 8 singles into UK#1, finishing with Beat Surrender before calling it quits — with 18 consecutive UK top-40 singles. Final album of six The Gift — reflecting Paul Weller‘s love of Northern soul — makes UK#1 on Mar. 20, 1982.

Their tailored look marks them as part of the ongoing mod revival.

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