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Air Force Super Bowl Ad Musician Apologizes to White Stripes

By February 10, 2010

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You may have heard that the White Stripes were annoyed by an Air Force Reserve recruitment ad that played during the Super Bowl that, the band believed, ripped off their song "Fell in Love With a Girl." The White Stripes threatened legal action, but now the musician who wrote the music for the ad has apologized to the group.

According to The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, the composer was Salt Lake City musician Kem Kraft. "I'm sorry it sounds the same," Kraft told ArtsBlog. "It wasn't my intention, truly, truly, truly." Kraft said that he sent Fast Forward Productions, the company that produced the 30-second Air Force Reserve spot, three different instrumental tracks for its consideration. After Fast Forward selected the one they wanted, Kraft says he then went back to "beef it up, make the drums stronger and put on an echo guitar."

Fast Forward's owner, Mike Lee, said that he "wasn't familiar with the White Stripes song," and "had no idea there was similarity until after the fact." For his part, Kraft sounds pretty mortified about the whole incident. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm responsible for this," he said. "Just me." He then went on to say, "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."

There's been no word yet from the White Stripes about the apology. The band's home page continues to feature their statement of "objection" to the Air Force ad.

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