Q Lazzarus, semi-lost ‘Goodbye Horses’ singer, dies at 59
Q Lazzarus, who sang the hit song ‘Goodbye Horses’, has died. She was 59 years old.
The song appeared during a famous scene in the Oscar-winning film, Thesilenceofthelambs.
Lazzarus, who was known as a “mysterious” singer, was born Diane Luckey in 1962. She died on July 19, and it was announced several weeks later by Jackson Funeral Home. So far, no cause of death has been announced.
Lazzarus’ life is like a storybook. The hard-working but barely awarded singer of Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection rose to prominence when she was a taxi driver. She picked up filmmaker Jonathan Demme during a snowstorm. And, luckily, Luckey asked Demme if he worked in the music business. Then she made him listen to a demo.
Apparently, Demme replied, “Oh my God, what is this and who are you?”
Later Demme put her song “Candle Goes Away” in her 1986 movie something wildand he later used “Goodbye Horses” in Married to the Mafia in 1988. And again in 1991 with Thesilenceofthelambs.
In the seminal scene, as “Goodbye Horses” plays, surreal antagonist and killer Buffalo Bill puts on makeup and struts in front of a mirror. Then he speaks. “Do you want to fuck me?” he thinks. “I would fuck myself. I would fuck myself so hard. It’s an indelible, albeit disturbing, moment in a film full of them.
“Goodbye Horses” also appeared in Clerk II and the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Later, in 1993, Luckey played a singer in Demme’s Oscar-winning film philadelphia creamsinging a cover of the Talking Heads track, “Heaven”.
According to her obituary, Luckey moved to the Big Apple at 18 and found work writing commercial jingles and performing as a backup singer. But she still could not afford even a modest lifestyle. In the 90s she moved to London and toured the area as Q Lazzarus. “Goodbye Horses” is the only song she released. Later, she will devote herself to other activities. She traveled to South America and spent time on fishing boats in Alaska.
Fans found her in 2018 and she made her first public statement in three decades. “I just wanted people to know that I’m still alive, I don’t feel like singing anymore. I’m a bus driver in Staten Island (I’ve been for YEARS),” she said.
Her obituary added that at the time of her death, she was “finishing work on a feature-length documentary about her life and music with filmmaker and friend Eva Aridjis. The film will be released in 2023, accompanied by an album of songs spanning the entire his musical career.