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In July the Pet Shop Boys release Electric, an album with a strong dance emphasis produced by Stuart Price: "It's called Electric because that's what it is - electronic music that we hope is exciting." The album went on to receive widespread critical acclaim. Q Magazine praised the release and said “With Electric, Pet Shop Boys have succeeded spectacularly”.
1963: Future Smiths/Electronic guitarist and frequent PSB collaborator John Maher—better known as Johnny Marr—is born in Manchester, U.K.
1984: The Pet Shop Boys sign a five-year management contract with Tom Watkins of Massive Management.
1999: The Boys perform at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2005: Neil and Chris write an unidentified song with Robbie Williams.
2010: Continuing the promotional activities related to the new PSB hits collection Ultimate, Neil is featured on Matt Everitt's BBC6 radio show The First Time. The music programmed for the show includes not only several PSB numbers but also tracks by other artists that have influenced them or otherwise played a role in their history, including (among others) the Beatles' 'Fool on the Hill,' the Incredible String Band's 'October,' the Flirts' 'Passion,' Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love,' and, perhaps most surprisingly, Isao Tomita's electronic rendition of Debussy's 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair.'
Pet Shop Boys announce three tour dates in South Africa.
"Always On My Mind" by PSB is number one in the BBC Music song covers poll.
An extra Electric date in Uruguay next month.
It's finished (more or less).
The four last Electric dates are imminent.