Bono? Nope, That's Mr. MacPhisto: Music's Most Bizarre Alter Egos

By Tom Hawking

For each of these 10 musicians, one self just isn't enough.

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This week sees the release of the sparely titled Banks, the first solo release under his own name by Interpol singer Paul Banks. It's not his first solo release, though—Banks has already put out an album and an EP under the pseudonym Julian Plenti. He appears to have retired the alter ego now, which only makes the whole thing more bizarre—despite the fact that Julian Plenti's records sounded awfully like Interpol, Banks even insisted on being interviewed in character, reputedly refusing to answer questions that weren't addressed to "Julian." In memory of Julian Plenti, then, here are a selection of music's most strangest and most memorable alter egos.

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