Q Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses"

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Q Lazzarus is a female African-American singer, best known as a one hit wonder for the 1988 song "Goodbye Horses", which was featured in 'Married to the Mob', 'The Silence of the Lambs', 'Clerks II', Lakai Footwear's 'Fully Flared', and Rockstar's videogame 'Grand Theft Auto IV'.

The song [Goodbye Horses] is notably featured in the film 'The Silence of the Lambs' during the scene in which serial killer "Buffalo Bill" applies make-up and dances in front of a video camera with his penis tucked between his legs as to give the appearance of a vagina. Originally in the film, Clarice Starling discussed both sheep and horses during the ranch slaughter ordeal; the script was shortened to only include the lambs, but the song remained. The song is not featured on the 'Silence of the Lambs' soundtrack, although it appears on the soundtrack of the 1988 film 'Married to the Mob', also directed by Jonathan Demme. In 1991, Q Lazzarus released an extended version of Goodbye Horses to capitalize on the success of 'Silence of the Lambs' (and the lack of the song on the motion picture soundtrack).

During 'Clerks II', the aforementioned 'Silence of the Lambs' scene is parodied by Jay and Silent Bob, when Jay, having bemoaned his boredom while milling around outside the Mooby's restaurant and trying to stay clean of drugs, begins dancing to the song almost exactly as Buffalo Bill did after Silent Bob plays it on their boom box, using chapstick in the same manner as Buffalo Bill's lipstick. Jay quotes Buffalo Bill by saying "Would you fuck me? ... I'd fuck me ... I'd fuck me hard..." When Dante's fiance pulls him out of Mooby's telling him she has a surprise for him, Jay holds his coat (borrowed from Silent Bob) open to reveal himself nude with his penis tucked back in the same manner Buffalo Bill did when he was dancing in front of the video camera. Then Dante says "Is this my surprise?", and his fiance answers no while Jay sings "Goodbye Horses". A deleted scene from 'Clerks II' shows an extended version of the "tuck dance", without Goodbye Horses playing. A mock message is shown before the scene, saying that they could not afford the $18,000 needed to use "Goodbye Horses" in the scene, and that the audience should imagine "Goodbye Horses" being played. After the scene, the messages continue with other mock messages, suggesting that the reason for there being no money to license the song was because Jason Mewes spent all of the licensing budget on transsexual prostitutes.

Q Lazzarus is known for having a husky bass voice not unlike Kathleen Turner. Before she was discovered as a singer, she worked as a taxi driver in New York City. The band dissolved at some point before 1996. Apart from Q, Mark Barrett and songwriter William Garvey, nothing is publicly known about the other band members.

[stolen from http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Goodbye_Horses & http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Q_Lazzarus]


Almost forgot, the song uses a sample from Astrobleme's "Golden Hours" [http://www.lowartmusic.c om/astrobleme.html]


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4.15 / 5.00

Nov 11, 2008
10:24 PM EST
New Wave
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5.3 MB
3 min 52 sec

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