The White Stripes are set to take action against the U.S. Air Force after an advertisement looking for new recruits for their Reserves used a re-recorded version of the hit White Stripes song 'Fell In Love With A Girl' without their permission. The ad aired at Sunday night's Super Bowl, and the Whites are so annoyed that they've taken over the homepage of Jack White's Third Man Records with an official statement. It reads:
"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.
"The White Stripes support this nation's military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them. We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops.
"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."
According to Billboard.com, the Air Force Reserve has not yet commented on the matter. You can view the ad yourself here and compare it to the original at thirdmanrecords.com. Yep, it's a rip off alright.