Pet Shop Boys are an electronic pop duo from England who formed in 1981, comprising of ex-Smash Hits writer Neil Francis Tennant (born July 10, 1954 in North Shields, Northumberland) and one-time architecture student Christopher Sean Lowe (born 4 October 1959 in Blackpool). The duo launched their career with the rerecorded West End Girls in 1985 which became the first of four Number ones, and also topped the Billboard charts. Pet Shop Boys are the most successful duo in UK music history, racking up sales of in excess of 100 million, and the recipients of three BRIT Awards for Best Single (West End Girls in 1987), Best Group (1988) and an Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2009. They have also won Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2000. They’ve worked with, collaborated and remixed the likes of Dusty Springfield, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Robbie Williams, David Bowie and Madonna.