It depends on the sound you want to get out of the drums. Clear heads- more open, more attack. Coated- slightly warmer, less attack.
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coated - warm. moderate attack
clear - high attack(depending on # of plys ). more tone
smooth white - moderate warmth. slight increase of attack as opposed to coated but not as much as clear. moderate tone.
yes travis barker did/does use smooth whites on one of his drumsets. but you have to keep in mind he plays for 3 bands at themoment, with a different setup for each.
all of this is the sound on toms. it also depends on the specifics of your shells, wood/ply/bearing edge. etc
on snares it is slightly different but thats another topic completely at hand. same as for bass.