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

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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