February 1986

On February 24th, 'Love comes quickly', which will remain one of their favourite songs, is released, reaching a disappointing #19 in the UK.

February 1986

March 1986

On March 24th, their first LP 'Please' is released. "It's so people can go into the record shop and say can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, please?".

March 1986

April 1986

'West End girls' reaches #1 in USA.

May 1986

On May 19th a new version of 'Opportunities' is released. "The point of that song is that the humour is black, it's like a joke. The impression is that the people in it are not going to make any money".

May 1986

June 1986

The Pet Shop Boys announce, then cancel, a tour of Europe and America; the cost of using a theatre designer and playing fairly small venues proves prohibitive.

September 1986

On September 22nd, a re-recorded version of 'Suburbia', a song inspired by the Penelope Spheeris film of the same name about a group of disenchanted rebellious youths in suburban Los Angeles, is released. "It's about a riot happening in some decaying suburb. It's just the description of the riot happening and then the aftermath". On the B-side is the first version of 'Paninaro', named after an Italian youth cult and featuring a quote they both liked that Chris had said on a TV show: "I don't like country and western, I don't like rock music, I don't like rockabilly… I don't like much really, do I? But what I do like, I love passionately".

September 1986

November 1986

On November 17th 'Disco', an LP of disco remixes, is released.

November 1986

On This Day

2000

The Pet Shop Boys perform the first of two consecutive nights' concerts in Osaka, Japan.

2002

The Release Tour comes to Athens, Greece.

2009

The Boys bring their Pandemonium Tour to London's O2 Arena—a sold-out performance. After the concert, they host a small party for family and friends, including a number of celebrities. Neil is especially pleased to find that his eight-year-old nephew enjoyed the show.

2011

The second of two PSB/Take That shows in Dublin.

2013

The British Film Institute in London screens the classic silent film Battleship Potemkin, accompanied by the recorded Tennant-Lowe score from 2004—the first public screening of the film with their score in a cinematic venue. Neil puts in an appearance to provide a brief introduction.

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