Pet Shop Boys Win Libel Damages

Duo sued author who questioned whether they performed their own songs.

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.