Theme Song: Thao Nguyen

“Suffer No Fools”

Collage by Minna, from a photo by Tarina Westlund.

Thao Nguyen is a songwriter and musician based in San Francisco. She is the front woman of the aptly titled Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. The band just finished recording a new album, due out in early 2013.

Thao gave up drama in early 2012.

This song, written & recorded for Rookie, is called “Suffer No Fools.” We hope you enjoy it as much as we did (i.e., a lot).

Suffer No Fools

Written and performed by Thao Nguyen. Engineered and co-produced by Lauren Tabak.

If you want to pitch/submit a Rookie theme song by you or your band, please write to us at, and write THEME SONG in the subject line.


  • sponge September 18th, 2012 11:05 PM

    i am obsessed with this! teach me how to write songs like this!

  • Abby September 18th, 2012 11:08 PM

    Haha love it!! Save the drama for your mama!

  • lucsto September 18th, 2012 11:12 PM

    why. so. awesome?

  • cquinn23 September 18th, 2012 11:14 PM

    I love Thao so much! This is my new theme song.

  • giov September 19th, 2012 12:15 AM

    seriously people this song is crazy appropriate for my current life situation. especially love the way she says “what the hell was I thinking”.

  • decemberbaby September 19th, 2012 1:22 AM

    “If I were, I would’ve raised you to be more low-key and less of a shit talker.” XD ahahahahaa. This is a great song. I’ll have to keep listening to Thao Nguyen :D

  • ivoire September 19th, 2012 1:34 AM

    awesome! especially love the slightly offbeat timing.

  • psychedelia_delia September 19th, 2012 2:11 AM

    holy cows, i love thao and the get down stay downs!!!! that’s so cool thao did the rookie theme song, she is such a badass lady musician whom i have liked for a while. this post reminded me how much i love her song, ‘bag of hammers’ ——->

    • Anaheed September 19th, 2012 2:16 AM

      I love that song a lot.

  • WhereforaWhile September 19th, 2012 7:33 AM

    I love Thao! And now shes on Rookie? Rad! You guys should check out her Tiny Desk Concert, its perfection.

  • Caoimhe C. September 19th, 2012 1:12 PM

    Just got my Rookie yearbook and literally did a happy dance around the kitchen.

  • lollie September 19th, 2012 1:14 PM


  • ClaraMaurer September 19th, 2012 4:22 PM

    This is fucking amazing

  • georgie fruit September 19th, 2012 11:31 PM

    I LOVE THAO. as if she wasn’t awesome enough, she also volunteers with this writing workshop in San Francisco! I met her when she was doing a backyard percussion session with the kids: everyone was banging on buckets and shaking homemade maracas and generally reveling in the joy that is making music that’s loud as hell. SHE IS SO RAD.

  • laurajane September 24th, 2012 9:44 PM


  • dancinginthetrees September 25th, 2012 11:33 PM

    I LOVE Thao! Saw her for the first time years ago at Sawtooth Music Festival (this tiny little festival up in the mountains an hour north of my town) and just adored her instantly. She’s a kickass performer. And this song is freaking great.