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Time, of course, has been very good to both of them. Ono's manic, shrieking vocals on "Why"—a piercing, sirenlike wail derived from hetai, a technique used in Kabuki theater—presaged all sorts of extreme female singing that would emerge during the postpunk era. It's hard to think of a single female new-wave singer, from Lene Lovich to Kate Pierson to the vocalist in just about every early Rough Trade band, who didn't sound like she was swiping from Ono—albeit with relatively palatable and pop-friendly results.
Ono's performance is astounding, but it wouldn't have the same power without Lennon's nasty, slashing guitar and the monster groove carved out by Ringo Starr and bassist Klaus Voormann. "Why" remains one of the most visceral rock songs of all time—and because I fortuitously discovered that Ono added it to her Soundcloud account, it's also today's 12 O'Clock Track.