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 begin work on a song initially titled 'Shame,' which eventually evolves into 'To Step Aside.'


Chris adds synth-string parts to 'Birthday Boy.'


The Pet Shop Boys are in Seoul, South Korea, for their Electric Tour concert there this evening. During the afternoon, however, they pay a visit to the city's Leeum Samsung Art Museum.


They bring their Electric Tour (still going strong) to Copenhagen, Denmark.


They perform this evening at the Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. On their official website, they refer to it as 'the last performance of Pet Shop Boys' Electric Tour.'

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