The White Stripes, "Signed D.C."
Arthur Lee's sixties cult favorites Love often worked with a kaleidoscopic sonic palette that's a psychedelic world away from the White Stripes bare bones aesthetic, but White rightly tapped "Signed D.C." as a spiritual ancestor to the brittle, lonesome ballads that mark the quieter sides of the White Stripes records. Unearthed from a store of unreleased material in 2011 as part of the Third Man Vault record club, White's take transposes the original's acoustic strumming to electric guitar, but more or less preserves the same forlorn spirit. White's vocal performance here is the highlight. Though sanded down by some charmingly lo-fi production, White's white-knuckled emoting is a hair-raiser in a far less delicate fashion than Lee's more subdued performance.