I find it slightly unsettling that with all the characters in all the movies I have seen, none has a taste in music more closely related to my own than Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. In the precious few moments the viewer has with Bill in his basement, he is treated to nothing but the highest ’80s quality.
The absolute first song is unintelligible, but sounds like either the Cure or the Smiths (although neither band appears on IMDB’s track listing), either way I’m sold. The follow-up, however, is as unmistakable as the scene it accompanies. Bill puts on his woman suit, and then puts on “Goodbye Horses”. The only song released by German pop one-offers Q Lazzarus is an absolutely great piece of synth pop. The lead singer’s deep voice is haunting and unforgettable (I thought she was a man until further research). The final song unleashed upon the audience is “Hip Priest”, from my favorite era of the Fall. Perfect frantic music to disorient an FBI agent. . .”Hip Hip HIP HIP”. So there you have it, 3 for 3, and if that weren’t enough, he tried to kill some dumbass girl from Tennessee who was blasting Tom Petty! I mean, can Buffalo Bill do no wrong?
Now does this mean I have about T-minus 13 years before I go crazy and start skinning people because I can’t get a sex change? Let’s hope not.