Classics: Dusty Springfield – Nothing Has Been Proved (Extended Mix) (Parlophone)
OMG! Here we go with another piece of music being one of the reasons why we launched Indamixworldwide. In other words, the aim to please you with vibes where the emotion prevails. And supposedly standing the test of time, which is pretty much what we got here with ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’. With this song being not only the result of the reunion between artists hailing from various horizons. But also like a superposition of periods in its lyrical concept. Thus serving as the soundtrack theme to the 1989 Michael Caton-Jones directed film ‘Scandal’. Itsef an account of the Profumo affair. A memorable British political scandal in 1963 which severely undermined confidence in the ruling Conservative Party government.
When Stephen Wooley, the producer of the film invited the Pet Shop Boys to submit a song for its soundtrack, ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ appeared like a natural choice. And so did Dusty Springfield who was already famous at the time of the Profumo affair. And this as the lead singer of The Springfields back then. Soon before lauching her solo career back then.
In a lascivious rhythmic vein somehow reminding of the suave ‘Love’s Taken Over’ by the likes of Chanté Moore… ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ prominently features a vibrant orchestral arrangement under the direction of Angelo Badalamenti. With its soprano sax solo courtesy of Courtney Pine appearing as the icing on the cake. The whole with some stellar remixing work by the likes of Marshall Jefferson. Thus showing a lesser known facet of him along with his outstanding rework of Soul Family Sensation‘s ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby’.
A native of West Hampstead, London, Dusty Springfield hails from a music-loving family. Eventually sharing the bill with her brother, Tom, and Tim Feild whom Mike Hurst finally replaced, under The Springfields guise in 1960. A name which the threesome chose after they’d been rehearsing in a field in Somerset during the Springtime. They eventually released four albums together. With the latest, ‘Folk Songs From The Hills’ back in 1963. With Dusty Springfield soon after going solo.
A couple of weeks after their final concert in October 1963, she released her first single by the likes of ‘I Only Want To Be With You’. Back then, one could already feel her penchant for rhythm and blues. Be it in her vocal approach as in the arrangements by the likes of Ivor Raymonde. And, by Jan. 01, 1964, ‘I Only Want To Be with You’ happened to be one of the first songs that appeared on BBC-TV’s new music programme, Top Of The Pops.
By the end of January 1965, Dusty Springfield was among the participants at the Italian Song Festival in San Remo. She reached a semi-final with ‘Tu che ne sai?’ (English:”What Do You Know?”), but failed to qualify for the final.
During the competition, she heard the song ‘Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)’ which one of its composers – Pino Donaggio – performed. Meanwhile the lyrics of its English version – ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ – happened to be the work of Springfield‘s friend, Vicki Wickham, and her future manager, Simon Napier-Bell. It saw the light in March 1966 and reached the #1 position in the UK charts a month later.
Unsurprisingly, she managed to introduce the Motown sound to a wider British audience. Not only with her cover versions of Motown standards such as ‘Gety Ready’. But also while facilitating the first British TV appearance of many of the label’s artists.
Springfield most likely reached one of her definitive peaks back in 1967. This with her recording of the Bacharach-David composition ‘The Look Of Love’ for the James Bond parody film ‘Casino Royale’. Itsef being the title cut of her album of the likes, that same year. And she also made quite some noise in 1969 with her rendition of ‘Am I The Same Girl’. But even though she had become a star, she eventually came through an area of turbulence. Itself due to the ongoing music revolution at the time. And, with it, the quite uncomfortable split between what was underground although “fashionable” and what was pop and “unfashionable”.
Springfield nevertheless regularly redefined herself. Eventually flirting with Disco/Funk vibes by the end of the 70’s. Remember ‘That’s The Kind Of Love (I’ve Got For You)’ with mixing work courtesy of Tom Moulton. But none of her recordings managed to hit the charts on both sides of the Atlantic between 1971 and 1981. She would resurface in the second half of the 80’s though. This with 80’s with the help of the Pet Shop Boys. With them, she came to record two hit records. Beginning with ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This?’ in 1987. Then ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ two years later.
The last track Dusty Springfield happened to record was a George and Ira Gershwin‘s song by the likes of ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. This in London back in 1995 for an insurance company TV ad.
It eventually saw the light five years after as a part of ‘Simply Dusty’, an anthology she’d helped planning. Meanwhile her final live performance occured at the Christmas special of the ‘Michael Ball’ show in December of that same year on ITV.
Dusty Springfield sadly died from complications of a breast cancer in Henley-On Thames on March 02, 1999 at the age of 59.
Speakin’ of her, her long time friend, Elton John said… “I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been… Every song she sang, she claimed as her own”…