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


The Boys' first live concert performance in the U.K. takes place in London.


'So Hard' is released as a single.


Chris and Neil write 'Screaming' with Tom Stephan.


They fly down from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where they perform this evening in the open air at the legendary Greek Theater.


The Pet Shop Boys perform the first of their four Canadian Electric Tour shows this evening in Montreal.


They appear in concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—their first time ever performing in that nation.

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