Published Feb 10, 2010Following the White Stripes' outrage over the music featured in a recent U.S. Air Force Reserve ad, the musician hired by the force has apologized the band, saying any similarities between his song and the Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" are purely coincidental.
In an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday (February 9), Salt Lake City-based musician Kem Kraft said, "I'm sorry it sounds the same. It wasn't my intention, truly, truly, truly."
Kraft went on to say that if the White Stripes "want to call me and talk to me, as far as I'm concerned, I'm responsible for this. Just me... I'm pretty much a one-man band here. It doesn't have anything to do with the Air Force. They didn't know anything, and I didn't know anything either."
As previously reported, the ad ran during Sunday's (February 7) Super Bowl, leading the White Stripes to post the message, "We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management. The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve's presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support."
Kraft said he was hired by Salt Lake City production company Fast Forward Productions to write the music to the advertisement the company had made for the Air Force Reserve. He said he gave the company three different songs to choose from, with Fast Forward choosing one and asking him to "beef it up, make the drums stronger and put on an echo guitar."
Owner of Fast Forward Productions productions Mike Lee told the Times, "I wasn't familiar with the White Stripes song. I've heard of the White Stripes but I'm not a listener of theirs. I had no idea there was similarity until after the fact."
The Air Force Reserve has also said that any similarities between the ad and "Fell in Love With a Girl" are "completely unintentional." However, the force has now pulled the advertisement.