August 1983

Neil is sent to New York by Smash Hits to interview The Police. By this time the Pet Shop Boys are obsessed by a stream of hi energy records made by New York producer Bobby Orlando, known as Bobby O'. "I thought well, if I've got to go and see The Police play then I'm also going to have lunch with Bobby O'". Neil and Bobby O share a cheeseburger and carrot cake at a restaurant called The Apple Jack on August 19th (two years to the day since Neil and Chris met) and Bobby O', flatered by Neil's compliments, suggests making a record with the Pet Shop Boys.

On This Day


Derek Jarman records in his diary, 'Neil Tennant and his friend Jay arrive for tea.'


Chris and Neil take part in shooting the video for 'Paninaro '95.'


'Somewhere' is released as a single.


The Boys perform in Leipzig, Germany.


They begin work on two brand new songs, 'Shouting in the Evening' and 'Give It a Go.'


Despite an earlier attempt to persuade them to cancel the show in protest of Israel's policies with regard to Palestinians, the Pet Shop Boys bring their Electric Tour show to Tel Aviv this evening.

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