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

1999

The Pet Shop Boys are the focus of a feature story and interview in the latest issue (dated today) of the U.K. magazine Flipside.

2006

'Minimal' is released as a single.

2007

The live Cubism DVD is released in the United States, two months after it had been released in the U.K. and various other countries.

2010

The Boys perform at Nottingham's Splendour Festival.

2011

Let's hope they didn't develop writer's cramp: Neil and Chris sign 500 prints for the very limited special vinyl edition of The Most Incredible Thing.

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