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Scandals in the '60s left us good pop hits for the '80s



One day after a song about JFK on Lost and Found, let's do a quasi-'60s theme this week with an '80s song about one of the biggest political scandals in the '60s and one of the greatest voices of the '60s with Dusty Springfield and Nothing Has Been Proved.

Dusty Springfield was perhaps the most famous of all English female singers in the '60s, but then she disappeared from the American charts for 18 years until with the help of the Pet Shop Boys, they combined to score a No. 2 smash with What Have I Done To Deserve This? With Dusty back in demand, she and the Pet Shop Boys teamed up again to help provide a song for the movie Scandal in 1989.

Scandal was the story of Christine Keeler and her affair with Stephen Ward and the cover up known as the Profumo Affair that toppled the Conservatives ruling in England's Parliament in 1963. In the movie, Keeler is played by Joanne Wholley (then wife of Val Kilmer) and also stars John Hurt, Ian McKellen and Bridget Fonda. In the video for Nothing Has Been Proved, there are three Christine Keelers featured with Scandal actress Wholley, a Nothing To Prove look-a-like video model and actual news footage of the real Keeler.  

Nothing Has Been Proved was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. and the song lyrics describes parts of the movie plot and also gives a little screen time to the Pet Shop Boys. It also displays the golden voice of Springfield, who was just shy of 50 years old when Nothing Has Been Proved was filmed.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:52am]


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