Oi. There is so much to unpack here, so let’s start with the phenomenon of the punk rock name. Obviously, adopting an onstage psuedonym is as old as the performing arts themselves, but I would argue that it reached its popular music peak during punk rock: Johnny Rotten, Billy Zoom, Elvis Costello, Poly Styrene, the list goes on.
The weird thing, of course, is that stage names would seem to be antithetical to a music that prided itself on authenticity, but a well-chosen moniker instead actually contributed to the ethos surrounding an artist. And this is key: it also allowed them to reinvent themselves and fake it so real that they became beyond fake.