Real people mentioned by name or title in PSB songs

The Pet Shop Boys mention a surprisingly large number of real people by name or title in their songs. These people are listed in alphabetical order below, followed in parentheses by the name of the song in which they're mentioned. In many cases only their first or last names or titles are mentioned in the song, but I've included their full names here.

Note that this list doesn't include people who are merely alluded to but whose names aren't mentioned. For example, I don't include Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, both of whom are alluded to but not named in "Being Boring." If I were to include such allusions, this list would surely be more than twice as long. I've also left out fictional characters, such as Don Juan and the Phantom of the Opera.

… and maybe the Terry, Junior, Joey D, and Diane mentioned in "Reunion," which is apparently based on Neil's personal reminiscence. But did he use the actual names of friends, or were the names changed (as the old cliché goes) to protect the innocent—or, perhaps in this case, the not so innocent. As far as I know, Neil hasn't yet said one way or the other.