April 1984

The first version of 'West End girls' is released. It is a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a small hit in France and Belgium.

April 1984

October 1984

They make their first ever stage appearance at the Fridge Nightclub in Brixton, singing and playing over tapes.

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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