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

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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