August 1981

On August 19th, Neil and Chris meet by chance in an electronics shop on the Kings Road. Realizing they have a common interest in dance music, they begin to write together. Initially they call themselves West End; later they come up with the name Pet Shop Boys, a name derived from some friends who work in a pet shop in Ealing. "We thought it sounded like an English rap group".

On This Day


'Jealousy' (re-recorded with a full orchestra) is released as a single.


Neil records new vocals for 'Happiness Is an Option.'


The Pet Shop Boys perform in Chicago.


They perform in Manchester—the fifth consecutive sold-out date on their current tour.


The Boys' second night opening for Take That at the Sunderland Stadium of Light.

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