Pseudonyms adopted by the Pet Shop Boys

There's a long, hallowed tradition of popular music artists adopting pseudonyms for one reason or another, including attempts to circumvent contractual restrictions, simple humor, and, of course, a genuine desire for anonymity. Two of my all-time favorite examples, in fact, are for John Lennon and George Harrison, who respectively used the aliases "Dr. Winston O'Boogie" and "L'Angelo Mysterioso" ("The Mysterious Angel") on various occasions.

The Pet Shop Boys are no exception. Here are the pseudonyms that, to the best of my knowledge, they have used to date.

And, oh, by the way, I do realize that "Pet Shop Boys" is itself a pseudonym for Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant.

  1. Merlin Zoot
  1. Lenny Snatch
  1. Conrad Darke
  1. Blockhead
  1. Absolutely Fabulous
  1. Paid Show Boys

… and just to clarify matters—

    NOT Steve Rocket and Johnny Nitrate

NOT the "Bizet Boys"

Although the "Bizet Boys," the act credited with the 1989 flop single "Ride 'Em Carmen," were rumored to be the Pet Shop Boys in disguise (possibly collaborating with another band, Bros), they were not. They were actually the essentially imaginary one-off creation of Tom Watkins—at that time the manager of both the Boys and Bros—and Tony James of Sigue Sigue Sputnik.