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

1986

The Pet Shop Boys appear on the popular syndicated U.S. TV show Soul Train, which generally focuses on 'black' music and rarely features 'white' artists. They perform 'West End Girls' and 'Opportunities.'

2002

They appear on the syndicated U.S. television show Regis & Kelly.

2005

Neil and Chris meet with Yoko Ono to discuss performing with her at the Meltdown Festival.

2006

The documentary Pet Shop Boys - A Life in Pop debuts on U.K. television Channel 4. (The webmaster of this site makes a few brief appearances in it as a commentator.)

2007

The U.K. leg of the Fundamental tour begins with a show in Gateshead. It's virtually a 'hometown crowd' for Neil, who was born in nearby Bruntun Park and spent most of his childhood in the area.

2010

The Boys and their tour entourage are at Elmstree Studios in Borehamwood, near London, rehearsing in preparation for their upcoming summer concerts.

2013

They headline at the Babylon Soundgarden Festival in Istanbul. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to a charity benefiting families of the victims of the recent Soma mine disaster—the worst mine disaster in Turkish history.

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