August 1981

On August 19th, Neil and Chris meet by chance in an electronics shop on the Kings Road. Realizing they have a common interest in dance music, they begin to write together. Initially they call themselves West End; later they come up with the name Pet Shop Boys, a name derived from some friends who work in a pet shop in Ealing. "We thought it sounded like an English rap group".

On This Day

1995

Neil records a guide vocal for 'Confidential.'

2001

The Boys continue their work on 'The Night I Fell in Love.'

2006

Chris appears as guest of honor at his alma mater, Arnold School in Blackpool, to help formally open the school's new music center. During the festivities he delivers a public speech—quite a rare thing for him. The school choir also performs a medley of PSB songs.

2009

The Pet Shop Boys perform in Vancouver, British Columbia.

2013

They bring their Electric Tour show to the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.

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