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

1981

Chris and Neil meet by chance in a King's Road electronics shop in London.

1983

While on assignment in New York City for Smash Hits, Neil has lunch with Bobby O (Orlando)—an event that gets the Boys' career going.

2013

The Boys enjoy a 'day off' in Shanghai on the eve of their first-ever public concert in China (outside of Hong Kong).

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