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

1988

'What Have I Done to Deserve This?' debuts on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart (as opposed to the overall pop singles chart, on which the record is also charting), where it will eventually reach #14 to become the Boys' biggest U.S. Adult Contemporary hit.

2008

Neil, who up to this point has never learned to drive, has his first driving lesson today.

2010

This evening The BRITs Hits 30 airs on U.K. television, replaying memorable performances from BRITs Awards shows over the past three decades. The Pet Shop Boys' rendition of 'Go West' accompanied by a chorus of Welsh miners is among the segments featured. A brief interview with Chris and Neil is included as well. Afterward the public can vote online for their all-time favorite BRITs Awards performance.

2014

They note on their official website that they're in the studio today working on their upcoming 'Alan Turing project,' A Man from the Future.

2015

An auction begins today on eBay to benefit the St. Mungo's Broadway charity, which works to help homeless men and women in the United Kingdom. Among the celebrities who have provided hats to be auctioned off are Neil and Chris, who donated hats they wore onstage during their Electric Tour.

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