"Nothing Has Been Proved
" is a song and a single release by British singer Dusty Springfield
, produced by the Pet Shop Boys
. The song was the second collaboration between Springfield and Pet Shop Boys, following their UK #2 and US #2 hit duet "What Have I Done To Deserve This?
" in 1987.
"Nothing Has Been Proved" was composed for the 1989 film Scandal, an account of the so called Profumo Affair, a British public scandal in 1963 which profoundly affected the ruling Conservative Party government. The lyrics of the song describe the actual course of the events and mention the main characters involved; Mandy Rice-Davies, Christine Keeler and Stephen Ward. The song also includes the line "Please Please Me's number one", a reference to The Beatles' charttopping debut single released in January of 1963. "Nothing Has Been Proved" was later included as a track on Springfield's successful comeback album Reputation, released in 1990.
"Nothing Has Been Proved" made #16 in the UK and led to further chart success for Springfield.
The original Pet Shop Boys demo recording of the track, with lead vocals by Neil Tennant, was included on the expanded re-issue of their 1990 album Behaviour in 2001.
The music video
The music video shows Springfield in the studio along with a Christine Keeler
lookalike being interviewed with camera flash bulbs going off. Along with these come short reels from the film Scandal
starring Joanne Whalley
, John Hurt
, Sir Ian McKellen
, Britt Ekland
, and Bridget Fonda
as well as original news footage from 1963. The Pet Shop Boys play journalists interviewing Christine.