“Shoot Out the Lights”
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."