Tennant was working for the UK music magazine Smash Hits
when he took a trip to New York to interview The Police. He used the opportunity to finagle a lunch meeting with American producer Bobby Orlando and pass along a Pet Shop Boys demo. After hearing what would become the hits "It's A Sin
" and "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
," the producer agreed to work with the duo. They recorded "West End Girls
" with Orlando and released it in 1984 on Epic Records, but then had a falling out with the producer. Moving on to EMI, they re-recorded the song with a different producer, Stephen Hague. This time it was a massive hit, getting the group off and running.