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

2000

Mini is released in Japan.

2001

The Boys fly to Moscow to attend a Marilyn Manson concert.

2005

They work in the studio on a number of songs in progress, and then write a brand new one, 'The Resurrectionist.'

2011

Chris has a cold. Nevertheless, he and Neil continue working in the studio on 'Your Early Stuff.'

2012

Adam Tressler records guitar parts for 'Breathing Space,' after which the Boys discuss, as they put it, the 'direction to take' on the song.

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