Nothing Has Been Proved

Album: Reputation (1989)
Charted: 16

Songfacts®:

  • Released on Dusty Springfield's 1989 album Reputation, "Nothing Has Been Proved" was written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys. It was produced by Tennant, Lowe, and Julian Mendelsohn for the soundtrack of the 1989 film Scandal, starring Joanne Whalley and Bridget Fonda.

    The lyrics of the song, like the film itself, address the sex scandal that is known in Great Britain as The Profumo Affair. In 1962, two beautiful young showgirls, Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, had affairs with important men in the British government, encouraged by their mentor, a social-climbing doctor named Stephen Ward. Keeler wound up having affairs simultaneously with John Profumo, the British Secretary of War, and Yevgeny Ivanov, an attaché with the Soviet Union's British Embassy. When this became public in 1963, it led to fears that British national security had been compromised. This captured the public's attention, like the Monica Lewinsky scandal did in the United States in 1998. The end result of this scandal was the resignation of both Profumo and Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This song was the second of three Dusty Springfield collaborations with the Pet Shop Boys, who were big fans of the British singer. Their first was the 1987 hit "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" and the third was "In Private," which was also written for Scandal but not used in the film. Like "Nothing Has Been Proved," it also deals with The Profumo Affair and appears on Springfield's album Reputation.
  • Pet Shop Boys released their own version on their 2006 live album Concrete.
  • The voice in the background whispering "It's a scandal, such a scandal," is Neil Tennant.

Comments: 2

  • Steve from Tenby, UkPet Shop Boys appeared with Dusty at the Brit Awards in 1987 and performed this song. Chris was dressed as a deep-sea fisherman with a rubber hat, coat and trousers.
  • Emma from London, EnglandHi,

    It's Neil Tennant, not Nick!
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