The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, something is rotten in Denmark! You have been duly instructed.
Today’s docket: Nik Kershaw, plaintiff vs. The Nestles Chocolate Corporation, defendant
Nik Kershaw – Roses from The Riddle (1984)
Listen to the first verses of my song, “Roses” and then watch this commercial for Nestles white chocolate bar. My song is about the dangerous effects of corporate influence on the environment and the deceived public understanding. Then they turn around and make a candy bar commercial with the melody! Insult to injury!
Nestles White Chocolate Commericial circa 1985
Oh God, it’s true! It’s all true! We do strip out 100% of the cocoa solids and replace it with raccoon fat laced with vanilla flavoring! (Uh, what? What did you say?)
No, we can assure you we never heard Mr. Kershaw’s song before we contracted the ad agency to make the commercial. Not at all. It’s slanderous. (Please forget what we said about the raccoon fat.)