July 1975

After completing a degree in history at the Polytechnic of North London, Neil takes a job at Marvel Comics, anglicizing spellings and indicating where over-risque woman needed to be redrawn decently. While there he interviews comic fan Marc Bolan, who politely points out that his tape recorder wasn't working. In 1977 he works at Macdonald Educational Publishing, later moving to ITV Books. In June 1982, he joins Smash Hits.

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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