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

1996

The Boys perform 'Hallo Spaceboy' with David Bowie at the BRITS Awards. The same day, their production of the song is released as Bowie's new single.

1997

Neil records in his diary that Chris is in bed with a hangover.

2006

The webmaster of this site, Wayne Studer, is interviewed in West Hollywood for the documentary Pet Shop Boys - A Life in Pop. (Robbie Williams is also interviewed there earlier that same day.)

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