Daphne and Celeste

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Daphne and Celeste
OriginNew Jersey, United States
GenresTeen pop, bubblegum pop, indie pop, electropop
Years active
  • 1999–2002
  • 2015–present
LabelsMCA, Balatonic
Associated actsMax Tundra
MembersCeleste Cruz
Karen DiConcetto

Daphne and Celeste are an American pop duo, consisting of Celeste Cruz and Karen 'Daphne' DiConcetto. Three of their singles reached the top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

Cruz was born September 24, 1983 in Newark, New Jersey, USA[1] and DiConcetto was born December 1, 1980 in Long Branch, New Jersey.[2]

Success and album reaction[edit]

They released three singles in the UK: "Ooh Stick You", "U.G.L.Y." and a cover version of Alice Cooper's "School's Out".[3] A full-length album, We Didn't Say That!, was released in June 2000 to generally positive reviews (Melody Maker awarded it four out of five stars). Another single, "Party", was due in November 2000, but was never released.

During their performance at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2000, the crowd's negative reception towards Daphne and Celeste's incongruous music resulted in the duo being bottled by the audience.[4] Despite the hostile crowd response, Daphne and Celeste remained on stage and continued to perform their songs[5] though they left at the end of their second song in a three-song set due to the increasing crowd hostility. [6]

A few pop fans were vociferous in their dislike for Daphne and Celeste[unbalanced opinion?]. "U.G.L.Y." in particular was criticised, many feeling that it promoted bullying. Daphne and Celeste countered this by saying their lyrics were meant to be tongue-in-cheek. In an interview included on the "U.G.L.Y." single, Daphne stated: "Everyone is indeed ugly in their own special way." Daphne and Celeste made an appearance at Feet First.[7] Daphne and Celeste also had a television and film deal.[8]

Daphne and Celeste were eventually dropped by their label. Their official website closed down in October 2001, and their management company, Perfect Noise Limited, was dissolved in November 2002. After the band broke up Celeste went back to school.

Later activities[edit]

In a "Where Are They Now?" interview with Q magazine in 2005, Karen DiConcetto stated that the whole project was "100% manufactured", and that the girls auditioned for it in New York in 1998: "I just talked about shoes for an hour." She considered the Reading Festival to be the highlight of the whole experience, and mentioned her work in theatre afterwards, specifically a play called Tourrettaville, written by a boy with Tourette's syndrome. DiConcetto received positive reviews[9] for her portrayal of "CB's Sister" in the FringeNYC award-winning Peanuts spoof Dog Sees God. That production was adapted for an Off-Broadway debut featuring a number of big-name celebrities, including Eliza Dushku and America Ferrera.

In the same interview, Celeste Cruz said that she had also worked in theatre and that the duo were planning to break into television. In 2004, Celeste also took the role of "Maria" in the movie Brooklyn Bound. Although not a main character, she is involved in a pivotal scene which fuels the tragedy of the denouement. She also features quite prominently on the DVD cover. In 2009 she appeared in an Emmy-nominated episode of 30 Rock entitled "Generalissimo". Celeste can also be found on Twitter. Unlike DiConcetto, she considered the Reading Festival incident the "end of the party for us".[citation needed]

Daphne and Celeste were also interviewed by Bad Horsey towards the end of 2005, with the questions coming from the B3ta web community. The interview was posted on the Estudio Caballito Malo website and featured in the Popbitch newsletter. An edited version was published in the January 2006 edition of the UK publication Fused Magazine.

DiConcetto has a role in Holger Ernst's The House Is Burning, which premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival on May 26.[10] The film was produced by Wim Wenders, and is considered a German production, despite being filmed around New Jersey. In 2005, Daphne and Celeste had a mini reunion tour in the UK with Lolly.[11] Celeste Cruz sang guest vocals on a song for Kent Odessa.[12]

Reunion and recording[edit]

In 2011, English music producer Max Tundra contacted Daphne and Celeste through social media to offer his production to make a comeback.[5] On March 29, 2015, the duo had a second reunion and released a single titled "You and I Alone",[13] produced by Max Tundra. The song is the first single from the album Daphne & Celeste Save the World,[14] and was written and produced by Max Tundra.

On February 7, 2018, Daphne and Celeste announced the comeback album with the launch of another song, "BB", produced by Max Tundra.[15] The duo and Tundra performed at London's Boston Music Room to promote the release.[16]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
We Didn't Say That!
  • Release date: June 26, 2000
  • Label: MCA
  • Formats: CD
273 4 140
Daphne & Celeste Save the World


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1999 "Ooh Stick You" 54 5 8 We Didn't Say That!
2000 "U.G.L.Y." 40 18 7 18
"School's Out" 96 12
2015 "You and I Alone" Daphne & Celeste Save the World
2018 "BB"[23]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ ""Daphne DiConcetto". "born" - Google Search". Google.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ "BBC News - ENTERTAINMENT - Reading Diary 3: Daphne and Celeste's battle". news.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ a b Jonze, Tim (29 March 2015). "Daphne and Celeste: 'They hated us so much!'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
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  7. ^ "'OOH STICK YOU' 2002!". NME. 22 November 2001.
  8. ^ "TV AND MOVIE FOR D&C". NME. 29 June 2000.
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  12. ^ "Bushwick Music Crush: Kent Odessa". Bushwickdaily.com.
  13. ^ Popjustice. "Daphne And Celeste - The Comeback Interview". Popjustice. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  14. ^ a b c "Daphne & Celeste on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Daphne & Celeste Enlist Max Tundra for New Album, Share Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  16. ^ Johnson, Laura. "Daphne And Celeste Announce New Album And London Show". Stereoboard.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  17. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  18. ^ a b "charts.nz > Daphne & Celeste in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
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  20. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 30 September 2000. Retrieved 10 February 2013 – via Google Books.
  21. ^ "Official Charts > Daphne & Celeste". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  22. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  23. ^ "Daphne & Celeste on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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