Richard and Linda Thompson wrote and recorded Shoot out the Lights, their last and best album together, as their marriage was falling apart, occasioning what producer Joe Boyd called "an elaborate soap opera." Its masterpiece is the title track, a slow, dissonant rocker about a psychotic killer made even more devastating by a pair of masterfully unrestrained guitar solos from Richard, the second alternately soaring and twitching, ending on a tantalizingly unresolved note. His lyric, originally about the Russians in Afghanistan, "Somehow developed into this urban melodrama," he told Rolling Stone. "I can't understand how that happened."
“Make My” was the first single on the Roots' Undun album, which was centered around the story of a fictitious man named Redford Stephens who died at the age of 25. “The very first song is this person at the end of his life at the moment he pretty much gets murdered,” Questlove explained. “So when we were listening to the song, I said, ‘Well, I don't get the feeling that his spirit is leaving his body. I want to know that he is really dying.’” Hip-hop artists Big K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw collaborated on this tune.