On page 3 of the 7 November 1992 issue of New Musical Express
appeared a curious article: Sex scandal hits Soho
Its subject was the not Soho as in Al Stewart's "Soho Needless To Say", but the band Soho, whose album Thug
included the track "Claire's Kitchen" which, they claimed, led them to becoming the targets of "a mysterious spate of illegal surveillance". The song is said to allude to a rumored sex scandal involving a senior Conservative Government Cabinet Minister. The band's Timothy Brinkhurst told the paper it was written after they became privy to information about a leading politician who was not named for legal reasons.
This may sound like an attempt to hype up the album, but like American, Italian and French politics - indeed politics everywhere - sex and scandal are always in the background, and sometimes in the foreground. The 1963 "Profumo Affair" is alluded to by Al Stewart in his list song "Post World War II Blues
", but in 1992 there was something much more recent in the pipeline.