Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

“Good Things Happen to Bad People,” the guitar-stoked advance song from Richard Thompson’s forthcoming long-player Electric, finds him bellowing with a bracing vigor. There’s a knife’s edge to both his singing and his playing.

Seems Thompson’s tangled up with a runaround girl, and even as he recognizes his own predicament (the title of the song says it all), there’s a sense that he’s not going to sit with this for much longer: “I know you’ve been bad,” Thompson sings ruefully, “from the way you smile.”

Thompson then tears into an angular, hell-raising solo — one part stunned disbelief and two parts boiling pissed-offed-ness … and every part of it utterly cathartic.

Electric is due February 11, 2013 via Proper Records. A UK tour then gets going on February 20, with a trip into America to follow in March of 2013.


Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at
  • Mark Saleski

    i swear, there is NOTHING like a Richard Thompson guitar solo.

    • Karen Curtis

      I agree- it’s better than morphine- pure in the moment bliss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MRodifer

    Mark, if you want to be further blown away, try and find a copy of a live version of Tear-Stained Letter, which just rises and rises….it appeared on a long-lost cassette called “Gloom and Doom from the Tomb”.

    But NOBODY plays like this guy.