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

1987

An interview with Chris and Neil runs in the U.K. entertainment journal Biz.

1989

The first of three consecutive nights' performances by the Pet Shop Boys at London's Wembley Arena. Derek Jarman observes tonight's show in preparation for filming it over the subsequent two nights. After the show he tells Neil he should tone down his makeup, which Jarman says makes him look like 'a sweaty panda.' Neil will take his advice.

1999

'I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More' is released as a single.

2007

The Pet Shop Boys perform at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

2009

Having traveled to Israel for an upcoming concert and an appearance on the local edition of Pop Idol, the Boys take part in a press conference in Tel Aviv, during which they express their desire while there to get in a little tourism and relaxation.

2010

Chris and Neil resume the U.K. dates of their summer tour with a performance at the Brighton Centre.

2015

Neil goes record-shopping in Berlin this afternoon with Joel Gibb of the band Hidden Cameras, who lives there. They take a 'selfie' on the street that Neil posts two days later on the official PSB website.

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