Q Lazzarus (full name Quiana Diana Lazzarus) was an American New Wave / Synthpop singer, best known as a one-hit wonder for the 1988 song "Goodbye Horses", which was featured in Married to the Mob and The Silence of the Lambs (the Buffalo Bill song).
Q Lazzarus is known for having a deep, husky contralto voice. He was born in New Jersey, married young, fled a marriage of domestic abuse which later would inspire him to write his song "Tears of Fear". After he fled his marriage, Q moved to New York City and became a nanny for an English man named Swan who did not encourage his musical gifts, trying to steer his towards a "practical occupation". Q decided to drive a taxi instead and continued making music independently with his band The Resurrection. He was discovered as a singer when he worked as a taxi driver in New York City. He picked up famous director Jonathan Demme, who heard his demo playing in the taxi. Demme took him to Hollywood, where despite his encouragement, record companies refused to sign him because they believed he couldn't be marketed. Q replied, "I market myself, I'm an African American woman who wears locks and sings American rock and roll."
Q Lazzarus' music was featured in the films Twisted, Something Wild and Married to the Mob, where "Goodbye Horses" originally debuted. The song "Heaven" appeared in Philadelphia prior to the recording of "Goodbye Horses". "Goodbye Horses", written by William Garvey, is most remembered from The Silence of the Lambs as the song playing during the infamous scene in which Buffalo Bill performs his macabre crossdressing monologue. This garnered it the popular nickname "The Buffalo Bill Song". It was re-released as a single in 1991 with a longer duration after its appearance in The Silence of the Lambs. The song has since been featured and parodied in film, television, and video games, including Clerks II, Fully Flared, Maniac, Grand Theft Auto IV, Skate 3, Family Guy and Nip/Tuck.
Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection
Q Lazzarus' band was called Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection. The members included Mark Barrett, songwriter William Garvey, Glorianna Galicia, Janice Bernstein, and backup singers Denise, Liz and Yvette W., Howie Feldman and Ron Resigno. Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection appeared at Soho gallery parties and often performed at Boy Bar on Saint Mark's Place and the Pyramid Club. The band disbanded sometime before 1996, and Q Lazzarus dropped from the public eye.
His whereabouts were the subject of controversy and rumor for some years, until his friends and management confirmed (albeit without certainty of date) that Q Lazzarus had died while living in the United Kingdom.
William Garvey died in August 2009.