Thursday, February 11, 2010

White Stripes: Air Forces Reserve Ad Stole Song

I couldn't get to the ad to listen to the song myself but I'll take The White Stripes' word for it:
The White Stripes say the Air Force Reserve used one of their songs without permission in a Super Bowl ad, and that they are insulted their song was used to encourage recruitment during a war they don't support.

The two-member band, which is originally from Detroit, said the ad made unauthorized use of their song "Fell in Love With a Girl."

"The White Stripes support this nation's military. ... We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict," the band said in a statement posted to its Web site.

"The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support." They did not specify which war.

(Emphasis mine.)

So it looks like Obama's lost The White Stripes' support. His war effort is doomed.

Look, I like The White Stripes raucous stripped down sound and if The Air Force truly did steal their song - the Air Force says they contracted an ad agency for the spot and had nothing to do with the music - then the group should be duly compensated. But, heck, if the group really supports the troops, why not donate the song? You don't have to support the war effort to support an institution that provides for the security of the country - and your right to create raucous, stripped down rock - as well as a pretty good career choice for thousands of people. You can still take your anti-war stance and keep your bona fides among your fellow hip rockers.

(If The White Stripes' truly support the troops, I've found no evidence on the web other than their own self-serving statement. Maybe the group has gone overseas to entertain the troops and its escaped the web's notice. But I suspect, like with most people who say they oppose war but support the troops, it's a lot easier to say you do than actually do it. Yeah, I know, no surprise.)

1 comment:

  1. That's why I like Kathy Griffin, she actually goes overseas and performs for the troops. Then she gives other people a hard time for not doing the same.