Neil: "We were approached by the film producer Steve Woolley, who told us he was making a film about the Profumo affair, Scandal, and asked whether we'd like to write a theme song for it. Many years beforehand I had written a song about the Profumo affair on the guitar having just read a book by Ludovic Kennedy about the case of Stephen Ward - a very sad story, because he ended up killing himself, and really he was a victim of the establishment. The words simply describe the true events. So we wrote new music for those words - the verse was written by Chris and the 'it may be false, it may be true' bit was written by me - and I made the line 'nothing has been proved' into the refrain."
Chris: "All the crashing drums were done on the Fairlight, and there's a really good orchestra sample all the way through it. It's a really atmospheric backing track."
Neil: "Dusty was going to sing it so she came round to the rented flat I was living in by the Royal Albert Hall. I had a piano there and I played it to her, and she agreed to do it. I think she might have said, 'It's got a lot of words'. When I went out, one of the porters said, 'Excuse me, sir - would that have been Miss Dusty Springfield?' They were dead chuffed. Her version was released in 1989 and as we were going on tour then, we decided to perform it. Chris played the keyboards live."
Chris: "I can't believe I was able to remember the chords."
Neil: "This version is our demo version, which has never been released, though the lyric here is my final version, the one that Dusty recorded."
Neil: "This was a demo done very quickly at Abbey Road Studios, around about the same time as 'Nothing has been proved'. Chris wasn't there when I did the demo. It's basically an attempt to sound like Stephen Sondheim, and was written for Liza Minnelli. Our demo was never mixed, it was just put onto cassette, so this is the one song we have remixed for these re-releases. I wrote the music on the piano at home. I'd had the sheet music to work out 'Losing my mind' and so I
started to play some other very Stephen Sondheim chord changes. The song was written to be a duet. That's why you get lines like 'how tough it gets' then 'don't talk to me about it'; those are the two people talking to each other. We had this fantastic idea that, as Liza Minnelli was touring with Frank Sinatra in The Ultimate Event, and as we knew that Liza was coming to the recording studio after having done the concert, that we would get her to sing it as a duet with Frank Sinatra.
It would just be great to be able to say to people, 'Oh yeah, we had Frank Sinatra in the studio the other day'. But it didn't happen."
Chris: "I don't know if she's ever forgiven Frank Sinatra for nicking 'New York, New York' from her."
Neil: "She said she thought she and I should sing it together. We did actually try it - I sing it higher than she does, or it sounds like that. I couldn't sing in her key and she couldn't sing in my key but it sounded quite interesting. Anyway, eventually she recorded it on her own for Results, although in 1991 I did sing it as a duet with Pam Sheyne in the Performance shows. It's about a woman in an unhappy relationship, possibly an abusive relationship, who realises that she always gives in. I think I just came up with the line 'so sorry, I said' and the rest followed."
Chris: "I would have said 'I said, so sorry'. I would never have thought of saying 'so sorry, I said'."
Neil: "I don't think I would have, but I did, for some reason. It just came from somewhere. In the song, the woman says 'so sorry' when really she shouldn't. When it comes to the crux of the matter she just swallows her pride. And Liza said she really understood that."
Neil: "'Falling' started off as a remix Chris did of 'Go West'. He'd re-harmonised it."
Chris: "I made it an ascending chord change, but the 'Go West' melody still worked over it."
Neil: "I thought the chord change he'd come up with was wasted on the remix. Also, we didn't really need a remix of 'Go West', but we had been asked to write a song for Kylie. And I thought this introduction sounded pure Kylie Minogue. So this turned into our song for Kylie. When I heard the chord change I immediately started to sing 'I'm falling in love all over again'. I think this has the distinction of having one of the worst lyrics I've ever written, even though I was writing from experience. It's about realising you're still in love with someone when you've finished with them. Writing it, I always imagined Kylie doing a very Kylie dance routine, but this was for Kylie's first post-Stock Aitken Waterman album and it was a little bit contrary of us to give her a song like that. Kylie wanted to be New Kylie, not Old Kylie, and we were being very contrary and did Stock Aitken Waterman Kylie. It's got that soaring quality. She recorded it with Farley and Heller, and they did it as a sort of deep house thing and she spoke the words rather than sang the melody. I was very disappointed because I thought it was a strong melody. We did this demo at Sarm West and mixed it. I really disliked the original version of the first verse which is what Kylie sang - it began 'kiss the past 'til it's better' which is terrible - so at some later point I changed the lyric on our version. We nearly put this on a b-side but we never did, so it's never been released. I think we forgot about it."
Chris: "Actually, I think it worked better as a 'Go West' remix."