Who remembers Daphne & Celeste? Just to refresh your memory, the American pop duo were pretty big during the year of 1999 and the early 2000’s, however, not in America. Their most famous hit, “Ooh Stick You” reached number eight in the UK charts in 1999, and in Australia, the song entered the charts at number fifty-four, but their debut album “We Didn’t Say That!” released a year later, only got to 140.
Oh, and who could forget their popular hit “U.G.L.Y” or their (not necessary) cover of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”?
Daphne & Celeste had more success in the UK than anywhere else, so they’ve now linked up with UK producer, Max Tundra.
At the time in 1999, Daphne & Celeste were either adored or hated relentlessly. For example, during the Reading Rock Festival in 2000, the crowd responded so badly to their performance, that the two were pelted with bottles. Watch the video down below, as the duo sport “Who The F**k is Eminem” shirts and the crowd hold up large letters spelling “BOLLOCKS”. Thankfully though, they remained completely un-phased during the incident. That aside, “Who The F**K is Eminem” is something we can all agree on nowadays.
Additionally, their song “U.G.L.Y” was also criticised, as many felt the song promoted bullying. However, Daphne & Celeste claimed their lyrics were meant to be tongue-in-cheek. In an interview, Daphne stated: “Everyone is indeed ugly in their own special way”.
Daphne & Celeste were dropped by their record label, and their website closed down in 2001. The pair went on to work in film and theatre, but did not reunite until 2015 with a single titled “You And I Alone”, now they’re following it with “BB” from their upcoming album “Daphne & Celeste Save The World”. The album has been produced by Max Tundra and will be released on March 30th.
A press release described the song as being full of “giddy, ridiculous, genre-bursting pop” and “Tundra’s restlessly inventive production a toothsome, chordy, maximalist feast”. The song is actually available to listen to through Spotify and YouTube, so take a listen and see what you think. If you were one of Daphne & Celeste’s haters back in the day, you’re opinion might not change that much to their newly released music.
Max Tundra spoke more about the new song, explaining: “BB stands for Basic Busker, any one of countless identikit instigators of mundane melodies that have brought the mood down in recent years. Pop music should lift the spirits – so why are the airwaves full of these mundane strummers?”.
That sound of the song has sort of a electronic pop likeness to Nena’s “99 Luftballons” in certain places, and naturally, you’ll either love or hate this song. At least they’re sending a message with this new track, and in conjunction with the single released yesterday, they also dropped a teaser trailer for the upcoming album. Let’s check it out!
So, will Daphne & Celeste make a better impression this time, given the change in the music industry as a whole, and given that the world is a totally different place than it was back in the year 1999? Only time will tell.
What does everyone else think of this news of a Daphne & Celeste comeback? Who’s excited to see the return of this wacky New Jersey duo? Or would you rather keep Daphne & Celeste in the past because you think it’s Pop Trash? Let us know in the comments section down below.
<Story by Emily Clark>
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