Even the most awful band names just become something most people don’t think about after a while. The Pet Shop Boys may not have the most remarkable name in the history of pop music, but it’s close to 30 years that they’ve been together, so it’s unlikely many people are weighing up the validity of their chosen nom de plume.
Except for animal rights organization PETA, who have suddenly made an eccentric announcement requesting that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe consider a name change. The following statement may have you wondering whether it’s still April Fool’s Day, but is, apparently, deadly serious:
"Dear Neil and Chris," begins a letter from PETA’s Europe branch. "You have many loyal fans of the Pet Shop Boys here at Peta. We have a request that may at first seem bizarre, but we hope that after considering the following facts, you will understand why we are asking this of you: will you please consider changing your name from the Pet Shop Boys to the Rescue Shelter Boys?"
The band has posted the letter on their official website, with the organization claiming that the name change will “help raise awareness about the cruelty involved in the pet trade and encourage your millions of fans to consider giving a home to an abandoned or unwanted animal from an animal shelter.” A worthy cause, no doubt, but one that the band has politely (and unsurprisingly) turned down. [The Guardian]