Auerbach loves both garage-punk icons the Cramps and swamp-blues great Junior Kimbrough. Both have a common influence: Feathers, the Mississippi rockabilly great who scored hits like 1955's "Peepin' Eyes" for Sun Records. He also arranged hits for Elvis, but clashes with boss Sam Phillips got him fired from the label. Auerbach isn't surprised Feathers never broke big. "It's menacing. Scary, really," he says. "It's the kind of music that gets played before somebody jumps out of the closet and stabs you in the heart."