This album came out twenty-seven years ago, and about every 27 months or so I remember that I have it and give it a spin. Nobody I know seems to have heard a note of it, which seems to justify giving it some space here, especially since it’s not entirely unknown on YouTube.
First, to explain “cc”: it apparently stands for “coat check,” a job once held by singer Natalie Bonelli; she and multi-instrumentalist NAYAN (officially styled in all caps) were the two members of the group, and they cut yowusupwidat? in 1988 for EMI-Manhattan. The leadoff track actually has a video:
EMI put out four singles by Natalie and NAYAN, including the one cover song on the album: a version of “Grazing in the Grass” which seems actually even more upbeat and cheerful than the Friends of Distinction’s big hit or even Hugh Masekela’s trumpet instrumental. (Philemon Hou, I am told, devised the melody while hearing an early Masekela backing track; Friend of Distinction Harry Elston wrote the words.)
And after that, cc:Diva vanished. NAYAN’s name appears as a credit on a couple of latter-day Tiffany tracks; Bonelli contributed “Letting Go” to the soundtrack album from the TV series Dawson’s Creek, sung by Kim Sozzi, and released a solo album, Natalie Bonelli, this year, which includes her own recording of “Letting Go.”