The White Stripes, "Ashtray Heart"
Listening to White's bluesy yawp, there's no obvious indication of the influence of Captain Beefheart's idiosyncratic avant-rock. The White Stripes nevertheless showed their appreciation for the man's acid-damaged tunes on a seven-inch in 2000 released as part of the Sub Pop singles club. Though Beefheart's "Party of Special Things to Do" sits on the A-side, "Ashtray Heart," which finds White singing from behind a veil of warped distortion, is the standout. Everything's all crushed out and ugly as White delivers a deranged vocal take in a performance that stands with the best of the White Stripes catalog.