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    Daphne & Celeste

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    1Break lyrics
    2The Camp Song lyrics
    3Spy Girl lyrics
    4School's Out! lyrics
    5Roll Call lyrics
    6I Love Your Sushi lyrics
    7Star Club lyrics
    8U.G.L.Y. lyrics
    9Peek-A-Boo lyrics
    10Hey Boy lyrics

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    1We Didn't Say That! [2000]


    Daphne and Celeste were a pop duo whose most famous songs were "Ooh! Stick You..." and "U.G.L.Y.". Daphne is Karen Imogen DiConcetto (born December 1, 1980, United States). Celeste is Celeste Gladys Cruz (born September 24, 1983, New Jersey).

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

    The music of Daphne and Celeste could be described as pure pop marketed at a teen or pre-teen audience. The kitsch Asian-themed "I Love Your Sushi" features a Japanese rapper extolling the virtues of Daphne and Celeste in his native tongue. On "Peek-A-Boo", the girls find themselves at a monster's ball attended by the bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and Tom Cruise. Notwithstanding the presence of such novelty tracks, "Roll Call" is a conventional pop song and "Star Club" is a disco track.

    Despite the album's positive reviews, there were a lot of negative feelings towards Daphne and Celeste, with some dismissing them as a 'teeny-bopper' act (although others felt that such a judgement ignored the apparent irony with which they performed). This discontent culminated in the duo being bottled off the stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2000 in one of the festival's most iconic moments of all time (the bottles in some cases would have contained urine). Reading and Leeds are primarily rock festivals, and Daphne and Celeste's negative reception there stemmed from their being an unabashed pop act. It was stated by the band before their appearance at Reading and Leeds Festivals that they had hounded their manager to get them on the bill so that they could meet Eminem. Eminem pulled out of his appearance and when Daphne and Celeste tried to do the same, the organisers refused to let them.

    Many pop fans were also vociferous in their dislike for Daphne and Celeste. "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 noted: "Everyone is indeed ugly in their own special way."

    Soon the duo found themselves the subject of rumors regarding their true identities. Some claimed they were teenagers, while others claimed they were much older than reported and that they were discovered while working as receptionists at their record label.

    Following relatively low album sales, and the backlash against them, Daphne and Celeste soon dropped out of the public eye. Their official website closed down in October 2001 and their management company, Perfect Noise Limited, was dissolved in November 2002.

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