PETA asks Pet Shop Boys to change name
PETA Europe has asked the Pet Shop Boys to change their name to something more politically correct. Try "Rescue Shelter Boys" instead, they plead.
"By agreeing to change your name to the Rescue Shelter Boys, you would 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," PETA's Yvonne Taylor wrote in a letter, which is posted on the Pet Shop Boys' official website. "So, what do you say?"
To make a long story short, they say thanks, but no.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been together since 1981 and originally called their band West End, but legend has it they later changed it to Pet Shop Boys because some close friends worked in a pet shop and because it sounded more like a rap group. They remain one of the world's bestselling pop duos and just released their 10th album -- Yes -- in late March.