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

1994

Blur's single 'To the End,' featuring the Pet Shop Boys' remix of 'Girls & Boys,' hits #16 on the U.K. charts.

2006

The Pet Shop Boys perform live on U.K. Channel 4's T4 On The Beach.

2009

They perform at the Apollo in Manchester.

2011

Continuing their role as Take That's 'special guests,' they open the show this evening in Dublin.

2013

They perform a sold-out show at London's O2 Arena. Rapper Example makes a surprise live guest appearance to perform his rap in the Boys' new song 'Thursday.'

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