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

1989

'In Private' by Dusty Springfield, written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, is released as a single.

1999

Nightlife debuts on the U.S. album chart at its #84 peak.

2006

Neil and Chris spend some time 'playing tourist' out in the desert near Monterrey, Mexico.

2009

After a month-long break, the Boys begin what they describe as the 'winter leg' of the Pandemonium Tour with a concert in Athens, their first show in Greece in seven years. They also appear on Greek television this evening in a pre-recorded segment of the local version of X Factor, during which they perform 'It's a Sin.'

2011

Neil and Chris attend the Evening Standard Theatre Awards show at London's Savoy Hotel. There they, along with their collaborator Javier De Frutos, receive the 'Beyond Theatre' award for their ballet The Most Incredible Thing. Their friend (and also sometimes collaborator) Sam Taylor-Wood presents the award to them, explaining that it's in recognition of 'people who swap genres and break boundaries.'

2012

They work in the studio on their cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'The Last to Die.'

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