Daphne and Celeste

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Daphne and Celeste

Daphne and Celeste – You ain’t got no alibi, you U.G.L.Y.!

by Christopher Smith

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’!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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