July 1975

After completing a degree in history at the Polytechnic of North London, Neil takes a job at Marvel Comics, anglicizing spellings and indicating where over-risque woman needed to be redrawn decently. While there he interviews comic fan Marc Bolan, who politely points out that his tape recorder wasn't working. In 1977 he works at Macdonald Educational Publishing, later moving to ITV Books. In June 1982, he joins Smash Hits.

On This Day

1992

The Sun reports that the Pet Shop Boys are breaking up—an assertion that they immediately deny.

2005

Chris and Neil finish writing a new song, 'The Performance of My Life' (which they will ultimately turn over to Shirley Bassey), and then attend Simon McBurney's show A Minute Too Late.

2010

The Boys are working on a new song titled 'Heaven Is a Playground,' which will eventually evolve into 'Leaving.'

2012

They work with Andrew Dawson on the song 'Ego Music.'

2015

As Chris works on a new song (which one specifically is unknown), Neil goes through old recordings in search of tracks that might be included as 'bonuses' on upcoming album reissues.

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