Daphne and Celeste – You ain’t got no alibi, you U.G.L.Y.!
American teenagers Karen ‘Daphne’ DiConcetto (b.1980) and Celeste Cruz (b.1983) were 16 and 18 years of age when they recorded and released “Ooh Stick You” in 1999. The song made the top ten in the UK, Scotland and New Zealand, but did nothing in their home country.
Their follow up “U.G.L.Y.”, was another big success in New Zealand and made No.18 in the UK, and again did nothing Stateside, although it was later famously quoted by megalomaniac baby Stewie Griffin in an episode of Family Guy. The song did chart in Canada as well.
The girls debut album “We Didn’t Say That” followed on soon after but apart from ‘going’ top five in New Zealand, did nothing elsewhere. It did produce one further hit, a cover of Alice Cooper’s 1972 chart topper “School’s Out”, which made No.12 in the UK.
After an unsuccessful TV show and a barrage of attacks from fans and the media about the lyrical content of “U.G.L.Y.”, Daphne and Celeste were dropped by their record company, their management company being dissolved two years later in 2002. Both girls would turn to acting thereafter appearing in films and TV shows, but after music producer Max Tundra contacted them through social media about a possible return to music, in 2015, the ‘young lady’s’ recorded the track “You And I Alone”.
They returned to the studio soon after and emerged with their second album “Daphne & Celeste Save the World”, preceded by the single “BB” in 2018. Although neither were a commercial success, it has re-awakened interest in the duo, who released their EP “Sunny Day” just last month (September 2019)! Welcome back ‘girls’!