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.
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
Well, the brass bands play and feet start to pound
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.