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

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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