Jack White isn’t happy with the U.S. Air Force Reserve after they allegedly ripped off the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love With a Girl” for a commercial that ran during the Super Bowl. Now, the Air Force Reserve have responded to White’s claims, and have removed the ad from their website.
"[Any] likeness to any other music is completely unintentional," said a statement from the Reserve. "There was never any intention to utilize any existing music or to sound like any music by the band White Stripes." Instead of manning up and shouldering the blame, the organization is pointing the finger at Fast Forward Music, who provided the score for the commercial. "We hired a local musician who does stuff for us in the past," they said. "He created the spot. ... We thought [what] we had was original [and] he claims it is original."
The musician in question is Ken Kraft, a 56-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, who may be startled to find himself suddenly in the spotlight. But given the resemblance of his song to The White Stripes track, and the time the commercial aired, he can’t be that surprised. Right? Wrong. “I had no intention whatsoever of copying [the Stripes],” he said. “If [Jack White needs] me to pay the money back that I made, which was 2,000 bucks...I will do that."
With that statement, the scandal has been turned on its head—it isn’t about Kraft ripping off White, but the fact that he got a paltry $2,000 for a song that aired during the Super Bowl. Kraft really needs to take a long hard look at just how much musicians get paid for that kind of exposure.
[via The Guardian]