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


While staying at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, Neil happens upon Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan having lunch. They chat briefly. That same evening the Boys perform the second of two consecutive nights' shows at L.A.'s Universal Amphitheater.


Chris and Neil begin work on a track called 'Diddly Squat,' which later becomes 'All or Nothing.'


They start working on a remix of the Hidden Cameras track 'Colour of a Man.'


They note on their website that today they spoke with their manager, Angela Becker, 'via computer' about 'reissues, the new album, etc.'

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