UPDATE: The advertisement has been removed from the Air Force’s website.
So did you catch that ridiculous-looking Air Force Reserve TV ad on Super Bowl Sunday, or were you getting more chips from the pantry? Well, if you didn’t, here’s a quick summary: there’s a bunch of guys doing a bunch of EXTREME STUFF to the White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With a Girl” — or, rather, a really shitty instrumental cover. How “bad” is it? Let’s put it this way: imagine one of those “Shredding” videos on YouTube, only if they were totally not a joke at all. (Haven’t heard of the “Shredding” videos? Check one out above.)
Now, we understand that it’s hard for anybody to live up to Jack White’s massive talent — but really, Air Force Reserve? You couldn’t get someone who could, you know, play the guitar?
Of course, the White Stripes are pissed — we would be too, and, let’s face it, so would you. Jack and Meg — along with Jack’s record label, Third Man Records — issued a statement via the Third Man website condemning the song-jacking, stating, “We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of The White Stripes, our publishers, label or management…We have not licensed this song to the Air Force Reserve and we plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.” Read the full statement here.
Look at the bright side: the video for the White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With A Girl” is still AWESOME. Check it out above.