January 1988

'I'm Not Scared', a song the Pet Shop Boys have written and produced for Patsy Kensit, is released as a single by her group Eighth Wonder, and is their first hit.

February 1988

At the BPI Awards, the Pet Shop Boys win the Best Group award. They also mime to 'What have I done to deserve this?' on stage with Dusty Springfield. Afterwards Neil comments, "It's kind of macho nowadays to prove you can cut it live, I quite like proving that we can't cut it live. We're a pop group, not a rock 'n' roll group".

March 1988

A different mix of 'Heart' is released as a single on March 21st and reaches #1 in the UK. "It's a real disco song – the idea of 'heartbeat' the beat of the record and the beat of your heart. It's actually pretty corny, to be honest, but I think the words are quite sweet and sincere". The video, shot in Yugoslavia, is a resetting of the Dracula story with Ian McKellen in the title role.

March 1988

May 1988

For the second year running, the Pet Shop Boys win the Best International Hit award at the Ivor Novello Awards, this time for 'It's a sin'.

June 1988

Ian McKellen persuades the Pet Shop Boys to play live at an anti-Clause 28 benefit, Before The Act, at London's Piccadilly Theatre, performing 'It's a sin' and 'One more chance'. "A brilliant event", they say afterwards.

July 1988

'It couldn't happen here' is released on July 8th to mixed reviews: it wins an award at the Houston film festival.

August 1988

The Pet Shop Boys win the Berolina award in Germany for 'Group of the Year'. The award is presented to them by Miss Venezuela.

September 1988

On September 12th, 'Domino dancing' is released, a song they recorded that February in Miami with Expose producer, Lewis Martinee. They shoot a video in Puerto Rico and appeared with a full Latin band on Wogan and Top Of The Pops.

September 1988

October 1988

On October 10th, their new album 'Introspective' is released. It is so called because "all the songs, although it's a dance album, are introspective". The title was chosen after considering and dismissing 'f', 'Dogmatic', 'Bounce' and 'Hello'. They explain that 'Introspective' sounds serious, like an art exhibition: "Nick Rhodes", says Chris at the time, "will be so jealous".

October 1988

November 1988

On November 14th, 'Left to my own devices' is released: "an exaggerated autobiography". The second verse refers to a time when Neil's mother would worry about him because he'd wait in a corner of the back garden pretending to be a Roundhead soldier.

November 1988

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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