August 1983

Neil is sent to New York by Smash Hits to interview The Police. By this time the Pet Shop Boys are obsessed by a stream of hi energy records made by New York producer Bobby Orlando, known as Bobby O'. "I thought well, if I've got to go and see The Police play then I'm also going to have lunch with Bobby O'". Neil and Bobby O share a cheeseburger and carrot cake at a restaurant called The Apple Jack on August 19th (two years to the day since Neil and Chris met) and Bobby O', flatered by Neil's compliments, suggests making a record with the Pet Shop Boys.

On This Day

1994

'Absolutely Fabulous' is released as a single.

2002

The Boys take their Release tour to the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, Canada.

2005

Chris and Neil meet with their manager to discuss the upcoming release of the Battleship Potemkin score. They decide at this time that 'No Time for Tears' should be released as a singleā€”a decision that's later revoked.

2012

They finish work on their song 'The Way Through the Woods' and begin recording a cover of the Bee Gees classic 'I Started a Joke' in tribute to Robin Gibb, who had died the previous weekend.

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