By Miles Raymer
October 20, 2014 at 06:01 PM EDT
Sarah Cass

Oozing Wound is three guys from Chicago who, as you might be able to guess by the name, play thrash metal.

The beloved hybrid of punk and metal’s been having a pretty substantial revival over the past few years, driven by bands who play up the genre’s association with the kind of cheap-beer-chugging, boneheaded party animals who more serious metal acts have left behind in their quest for artistic seriousness. The Wound, however, takes things in a vastly different direction on their new Earth Suck (out Tuesday on Thrill Jockey), keeping thrash’s headbanging energy and shred-tastic guitar licks while adding bits of sonic weirdness that reflect the trio’s long-running association with the noisy experimental underground.

Their EW playlist is accordingly idiosyncratic, running a gamut from Michael Jackson to obscure vintage synth-punk.

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1.  Dust – “Pull Away/So Many Times”

“A woefully unknown and under appreciated hard rock album to rival them all. Featuring the two men responsible for creating KISS’ sound, a drummer from the Ramones, and a bizarre connection to Michael Brown and the Left Banke. If we had the chops, this is the record we’d be making.” – Zack

2.  Fielded – “Arms of Heaven”

“The comparison is apt, but ultimately a dead end talking point that Fielded is our era’s Kate Bush. Do you hear her voice? Holy fucking mother of God, man. She should be famous, like 100-percent honestly it makes no sense that I have to tell you about her. My favorite contemporary visionary, you should listen to everything she’s ever made.” – Zack

3. Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

“Louis ‘Thunder-Thumbs’ Johnson plays bass on this mambo and he rocks one of the greatest vamps ever put to tape. Super sick four string funk fills for days, y’all.” – Kevin

4. Bob Welch – “Ebony Eyes”

“Amazing power pop from this American artist. This guy once played in Fleetwood Mac. The record that this song appears on is way better than any Mac record he played on. It gets a perfect 10.” – Kyle

5. Flamin’ Groovies – “Shake Some Action”

“Perhaps best known to my generation as the Cracker song from the Clueless soundtrack. The original is morose, claustrophobic and less of an anthem for partying than it is about trying to find something to get your mind off of the horrible reality of reality.  This is my number one jam at the moment, how do you even write something so goddamn simple?” – Zack

6. Donnie & Joe Emerson – “Baby”

“One of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. One of the coolest sounding recorded vocals ever. I don’t think with all the technology in the world you could reproduce that sound. Pretty amazing for a couple of teenage farm boys from Washington.” – Kyle

7. Linear Movement – “Way Out of Living”

“Killer synth pop/punk band from the early 80’s. This was pretty much one guy making the tunes but had a few guest musicians help him out. This track features  Lieve van Steerteghem on vocals which makes it. Feel good hit song. Recommended for synth nerds.” – Kyle

8. Sparks – “Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth”

“The Earth is going to f–-ing kill you. Plagues, tornadoes, floods, ebolas. Everything. Sparks is just saying it like it is.” – Zack

9. Daniel Knox – “Chores”

“Beautiful and demented, Daniel Knox is a true Chicago hero and the master of the anger ballad.” – Kevin

10. William Onyeabor – “Body and Soul”

“Funky, groovy, and psychedelic. What more can you ask for?  I can’t believe a song like this exists in the world, especially for 1980 in West Africa. Put this on at any party, free your mind, and let your ass follow!” – Kyle

11. Frank Zappa – “Little Umbrellas”

Hot Rats is a good place to start when delving into Zappa and this songs is the cream of the crop from that album. But you don’t want to take the easy path, do you? Easy listening is for the weak! Ditch the safety of Hot Rats and dive right into the insanity that is Frank’s Lumpy Gravy.” – Kevin

12.  Yes – “Gates of Delirium”

Relayer is by far the most off the rails Yes album and for me the high-water mark of their career. I dare you to over toke before listening to this track. Total hardhat area.” – Kevin