A statement from Third Man Records, the White Stripes, and their management at the band’s website, claims the Air Force Reserve’s Superbowl Ad used a re-recorded version of “I Fell In Love With A Girl” without the band — or anyone involved with the band’s — permission. (It’s a different monster than that Coke/Bond snafu.) To quote the Air Force about their “Grab Some Air” commercial:

The spot features the high-octane thrills of action sports at its best. This is sure to capture the interest of even the most enthusiastic sports fan.

It also features a re-recording of “I Fell In Love With A Girl” at its worst sure to capture the interest of even the most unenthusiastic sports fan. Watch “Grab Some Air” and then checkout the Stripes’ carefully worded two cents:

Via whitestripes.com:

As a sky-related aside: Under Great White Northern Lights is out 3/16.

Comments (32)
  1. the statement may have worked already because the link to the Air Force reserve’s video now has no video…unless it’s too early in the morning for my brain to function well enough to find it

  2. ev  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    vids down… though i only clicked around a little and stopped out of fear that i might click the wrong link and accidentally enlist

  3. Called this about 5 seconds into the spot… it was an EXACT copy of the tune, with a lead guitar playing the vocal line verbatim and a few chords changed at the very end. Funny thing is, you can’t copyright a chord progression, so they probably could have gotten away with it if not for that lead guitar…

  4. Lock  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    The drum beat, which is probably the best single thing about the song, is also identical. Lame. The commercial itself is also ridiculous.

  5. Casey  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    Ok for one… the white stripes might not support the war but do they support the men and women fighting the war so they have the freedom to sing the damn song in the first place…

  6. armyman  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    support our troops

  7. max  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    ?The White Stripes support this nation?s military??

    Really? How? I doubt the White Stripes have ever contributed any goods or services to benefit the troops.

    ?..at home??

    What could they possibly be referring to? The White Stripes need to be reminded, apparently, that the military doesn?t operate domestically, except in extreme conditions.

    ??and during times when our country needs and depends on them.?

    Can the White Stripes come up with an example that fits this criteria? Since they don?t specify which ?conflict? they don?t want to be a ?cog in the wheel of? (Iraq? Afghanistan?), what situation would be deemed worthy of the country?s dependence on our military?

    Hey, if ?Fell In Love With A Girl? was nicked in some way without securing the proper permissions, the White Stripes have every right to litigate. And they?re certainly entitled their geo-political world view (even if their understanding of it is limited). But I resent the phony ?we support our military? sentiments.

    • stupid hippy  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

      1-If that’s your definition of support then most Americans don’t support the military.
      2-Google “National Guard.”
      3-They likely meant both. Our country hasn’t needed or depended on the military since WWII. (Sure it has prevented isolated civilian death, but the republic itself has not been in jeopardy.)

  8. mike  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    I don’t support the military and I’m proud of it!

    • FTW   |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

      I agree 100% This notion that when we express opposition to the war that we are somehow obliged in the next breath to add ‘but I support our troops!’ is nonsense. Support the troops but oppose what they are engaged in? If you support the armed forces you must on some level, support the idea that war can be justified. I don’t. Of course I don’t want US soldiers injured or killed. I also don’t want Iraqis or Afghans killed or injured. That’s why American troops in both countries need to come home.

  9. You know my problem with the site? Its drawing of the United States.

    What the hell did they do to South Carolina?

    • niceguy  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2010 0

      if that’s how the air force thinks the states look. what the hell does afghanistan look like?!

  10. Joe  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

    Ok first off – White Stripes comments are ridiculous! This one-hit-wonder band really thinks the Air force Reserve is so hard up that they need to rip off your song? Please! Get a life. Are you just trying to make a comeback? I don’t really even know when you ever existed! And your stupid comment on supporting the military and not the war? You people are really dumb! If our service men and women weren’t over seas defending all of our freedoms here, the war would be on our turf you morons! Shut up and go away already!!!!!

  11. A different Joe  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

    Oh shut Joe, you ignorant little twit.

    The Air Force Reserve DID rip-off their song. Whether you accept that or not doesn’t change reality. And all these lame talking points about how you have to support the war to support the troops come right out of youthful naivete and ignorance. It’s sad how cable news talking points have replaced actual discourse in kids today. Have a conversation with a Vietnam veteran like I did with my father and learn the difference between supporting the troops and supporting the war.

    There was a time in this country when war protester treated returning troops like the scum of the earth, picked fights with them, and called them “baby killers” for just trying to walk around in public with their uniform on. Thankfully, that attitude has disappeared today. Most of us have learned from the past and have learned to separate the political decisions of our elected officials and the troops simply following orders. It is precisely because they are overseas defending our freedom that we give them our respect and we do not take out our political differences on them.

    If supporting the troops meant blindly agreeing with every action they do, their would be no need for military court proceedings, let alone individual thought; just blind patriotism and obedience, which is antithetical to the entire principles our nation was founded on. Rather, supporting the troops is rooted in an attitude of RESPECT and understanding about how our complex society, government, and military work.

    Oh, and before you click that REPLY button, shove your canned “love America or get out” responses up your ass and gain a some god damned historical perspective before you spew out hateful garbage like this. You may just be trolling, but opinions like this are too infuriating to just give a pass to.

  12. Joe  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

    Shove it up your ass “A Different Joe” You ignorant jerk! First off, I am not a naive youth – I was alive during the Vietnam War and am ashamed of how our country has treated these Vets. I am fully aware of the inner workings of our complex society, government and military work (as you put it). I support the military and everything they do to protect our freedoms. Even if that means they have to serve in a war that many do not believe in. They are still there defending our nation’s freedoms you Jackass! And I do appreciate all that they do!!!!!

    Secondly, If you read any other articles, the music for the ad was created by an outside artist and he was paid to do an original piece for the commercial. According to his statement he had no intention of mimicking the White Stripes song and was not aware of the similarities until yesterday. The White Stripes, however, could have approached this in a different way, but instead they chose to create drama and made sure they got the most media coverage they could out of it. Their band and music are totally irrelevant today! I never even heard of them or their stupid song until yesterday. What are they trying to do – make a comeback? How can they do that if they were never there in the first place? We live in a sue-happy society and they were sure quick to jump on that bandwagon and making theats!

    Lastly, don’t put words in my post shithead!!!!!! …shove your canned “love America or get out”…. The Shut up and go away comment was directed to the White Stripes money grubbing, attention whores that they are!

    So don’t twist my words anymore shitface!

    • A different Joe  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

      I never questioned your support of the troops, I only objected to your accusation that the White Stripes or anybody for that matter couldn’t support the troops without being in lockstep with the political goals of our elected officials who decide which wars we fight in.

      I don’t really care enough to argue the White Stripes legitimacy with you. If you don’t think they were ever around in the first place, fine, even though that’s way off base. I just really can’t let all these insinuations that they or anybody can’t support the troops without agreeing with the war. That shit is ignorant and infuriating.

  13. mikeinseattle  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    Supporting the troops and while not supporting the war is a total fucking cop out. Those idiots that joined the military knew what they were getting into and largely support those efforts..We’ve been doing this shit for decades. They can join the peace corps if they believe in service or need help with college. Death to the troops!

    • Joe  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

      You are a dick!

    • Rob S.  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

      The Peace Corps only offers minimal benefits. You get about $6000 to help transition back into the real world, a living allowance based on the local communities you’re working in, and only a small dent in your actual college loans (and only if you have Perkins loans). It’s kind of hard to pay over $50,000+ in loans on that if you don’t qualify for the exact benefits. It’s why I joined the military. I don’t agree with everything we’re doing currently but our goal isn’t solely to kill people. About a 1/3 of my base has been deployed to Haiti for relief efforts. Same thing happened during Katrina. A large part of what we do is stateside is aid and relief. They drill the killing thing into in basic but there is actually a far larger liberal mindset in the younger generation of those enlisting than you’d expect.

      But really, I understand your opinion isn’t going to change about me or anyone who’s currently serving. It’s cool. I would just hope you don’t sincerely wish death upon anyone.

    • Dickhead.

  14. Joe  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    Yeah, well “A Different Joe” opinions are like assholes and everybody’s got one. I never said I supported this war or any other war for that matter. I think the government needs to work harder at bringing our guys home and they are doing a piss-poor job of it. I am not in support of the Obama administration or anything they stand for. I think they a prime example of what politics is all about…. a bunch of blah, blah, blah and nothing to back it up. Let’s send congress, the President, all white house staff, and the senate over there and see how fast it takes for them to get home – how about that???

    So since our poor girls and guys in the military don’t get to make the decisions of where they serve, I think we support them no matter what! No matter what the cause we should all be thankful for all their efforts. Even when politicians can’t seem to get it together to end this fiasco.

    And as far as the White Stripes – I am so glad that they are enjoying their cushy, cushy environement here thanks to what our troops are doing for them to be able to enjoy their plush lifestyles no matter where they are serving! Oh yeah, and nobody tried to steal their stupid fucking song!

    • brooklyn kopite  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2010 0

      ….can’t believe this is necessary.

      White stripes relevancy:
      12 million albums sold worldwide
      Last 3 Albums won Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album (Icky Thump-2007, Get Behind Me Satan-2005, Elephant-2003)
      The “stupid” song, that was “accidentally” jacked had this video, some thought it was pretty good
      It won 3 MTV Video Music Awards,Breakthrough Video, Best Special Effects, and Best Editing
      Pitchfork called it the Best Video of The Decade
      It made Entertainment Weekly’s Best of the Decade
      Rolling Stone included it as one of the 40 songs that “Changed Rock History.”
      It topped at number 21, on the UK Singles Chart.
      Also topped at 21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles, and topped at 12 on Billboard’s Modern Rock singles.

      (it pained me to use some of those media outlets as credentials, but they do prove relevancy. And that for someone to not never have even done nought heard o’ dat dem white stripes, means your cultural awareness is akin to inhabitants of those spaces subordinate to boulders.)

      • Joe  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

        Who cares. I never said they didn’t exist – I just said they are irrelevant. I could give two craps of their stupid awards and blah, blah, blah. Let me just put it to you this way, since you can’t seem to get it…. If the Air Force Reserve were really going to so blatantly steal an song from a band do you really think it would be from some underground band like the White Stripes. Hardly!

        • brooklyn kopite  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

          right…we don’t get it. It’s not you, who calls a 3-time Grammy winner and 12 million albums “underground.” Underground band members don’t have a combined fortune of around $60-70 million (and there’s only two of them). Sorry mate, I don’t even wanna get in on the whole troops thing. I support the troops and their efforts, just not necessarily the orders they’re given. But bottom line, it’s not like the Air Force’s commercial was similar to a song by some obscure band. The White Stripes are a popular rock band that tour around the world and play to large venues, and not as an opening act. They’re on Warners Bros., not exactly an independent label. So explain to me, because I obviously don’t get it. Why would the Air Force employ a similar song to an extremely popular song by an extremely popular band, especially to today’s, oh I don’t know, the 16-24 demographic? I obviously don’t get it.

  15. “i’m gonna fight ‘em off
    a seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
    they’re gonna rip it off
    taking their time right behind my back
    and i’m talking to myself at night
    because I can’t forget
    back and forth through my mind
    behind a cigarette
    and the message coming from my eyes
    says leave it alone”


  16. Well “A different Joe”, we can’t blame you for trying, but I think there’s a point where one has to stop trying to convince someone they’re wrong. In this case, that point was when we found out about Joe’s belief that the American military’s presence in the Middle East is protecting our freedom and giving us a “cushy, cushy environement” and that he has never heard of the White Stripes.

  17. everystorm  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    Honestly, I doubt the Air Force intentionally ripped the song off. They hired and outside company, and because our music system only has twelve notes, given time any melody or riff will be originally created by separate people at separate times. Still, I understand the desire to protect your intellectual property.

  18. It’s funny that the group that we’re supposed to look up to and admire is doing something illegal like this. I love Jack White. His music is so inspirational and to have it used in this manner damages the integrity of his tunes. Also it’s really messed up because they do not support the war. The Air Force is just using them to convince people to join where the White Stripes do not want people to go to. This is messed up.

  19. Companies often use sound-alike musicians/music all the time to help keep costs down. Licensing the actual song is extremely expensive. They are supposed to obtain permission from the artist to use the song…more on that found here:


  20. Wow I was wondering what this was all about , my brother and I were watching this commercial when it aired and both exclaimed that they ripped off The White Stripes. Glad to see the band taking some action. Cheesy commercial at that , It’s so funny how the government still can’t figure out what’s considered cool to young adults these days.

  21. This makes me like the White Stripes more.

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