White Stripes song abused for war propaganda


This music video is called The White StripesFell In Love With A Girl.

By Raul Connolly in Australia:

United States: Band protests military use of song

14 February 2010

US rock group the White Stripes has protested at what it says is the unauthorised use of an instrumental version of its song “Fell in Love With a Girl” in a recruiting ad for the US military, the New York Times said on February 9.

The ad, for the Air Force Reserve, was created for the NFL Super Bowl Sunday on February 7.

A statement by the White Stripes, posted on the site of its record label Third Man Records on February 8, said: “The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve 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 … 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 plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.”

From Rolling Stone in the USA:

The “Fell in Love with a Girl” saga is the latest chapter in a long history of rockers lashing out against government officials and agencies for using their music without permission.

See also here.

USA: Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group’s songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday: here.

Which musicians won’t let Republicans use their songs on the campaign trail? Here.

Sven Kramer wins first Olympic speed skating gold


Sven Kramer of the Netherlands has won the first Olympic speed skating gold, at the 5,000m for men in Vancouver, Canada.

Second was Seung-Hoon Lee from South Korea; only 21 years old, who started skating 400 m tracks only recently, being a short tracker before that.

The bronze medal at this Winter Olympics event was for Ivan Skobrev from Russia.

This is a video of another 5,000m race of Sven Kramer.

The unnecessary death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili: here. And here.

Christopher Hitchens and sports: here.