The Pet Shop Boys were awarded damages Tuesday (Dec. 21) from a
writer who questioned whether they performed the songs on their albums.
London's High Court ordered Roger Scruton, author of "An Intelligent
Person's Guide to Modern Culture," to pay the duo of Neil Tennant
and Chris Lowe an undisclosed amount, according to Reuters.
Tennant and Lowe sued Scruton for libel for the book, in which he wrote,
"Sometimes, as with the Spice Girls or the Pet Shop Boys, serious
doubts arise as to whether the performers made more than a minimal
contribution to the recording, which owes its trademark to subsequent
sound engineering, designed precisely to make it unrepeatable," according
to Reuters. The dance-pop duo's best-known songs are the mid-'80s
hits "West End Girls" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" Their most
recent album, Nightlife, was released in November.