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

1997

The Somewhere in Concert video of the Boys' Savoy Theatre show is released.

2003

PopArt is released in the U.K.

2008

Chris and Neil have dinner with Es Devlin and discuss the staging of their upcoming performance at the Brits Awards show.

2010

The PSB media blitz continues surrounding the release of Ultimate. This evening they're interviewed on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 show.

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