The Story of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65

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  • Published on Mar 21, 2019
  • When Eiffel 65 released 'Blue (Da Ba Dee),' it was a flop. They sold around 200 records, shrugged it off as a loss, and forgot about it. But in a wild turn of events, the track got picked up by a small local station before getting airplay on one of the biggest radio stations in Italy-and within days, it was steamrolling its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the late 1990s, taking the electronic music group touring around the world as their song shot up the charts.

    We met up with the members of Eiffel 65-Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio “Maury” Lobina, and Gabry Ponte-to find out the origin story behind "Blue," and hear what it was like to become international superstars in the blink of an eye.
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  • VICE
    VICE  Month ago +3887

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • Alperen Barin
      Alperen Barin 3 days ago

      +Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385 If he can say all this in that lyrics, he would be Eminem :) lmof

    • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385
      Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385 4 days ago

      "I'm blue I'm I need of a guide if I was green I would die"

    • big boi
      big boi 4 days ago

      +forgotaboutdres accurate

    • Alperen Barin
      Alperen Barin 5 days ago

      II'm Blue - If I'm green, I would die - f I would be green, I would die

    • Man_ Bleach
      Man_ Bleach 6 days ago

      I'm blue if i was green i would die, If i was green i would i, i would beat up a guy

  • DELCARAJO TEVE
    DELCARAJO TEVE Day ago

    Wow... amazing story!

  • scouse house
    scouse house Day ago

    tune takes me back

  • calinfus80s
    calinfus80s Day ago

    Great!!! Now i want the story of Paradisio's Bailando.

  • il postino delle cazzate

    Italians be like: HAHAHAHAHA WE MADE 90's SONGS HISTORY

  • Elizabeth Herrera

    This song is about Racism. They are white if they are black they going to die or viceverse, on those years racism against gold black people was really hard.

  • Tristan Chopping

    It’s a bit of a Mandela Effect where you can hear what you want to hear.

  • Robert FSociety
    Robert FSociety Day ago

    Hear them say Cher made a good song, clicks off video. Lmao

  • kevinfitz89
    kevinfitz89 2 days ago

    I wish I could like this a thousand times I love that whole album.. good job guys. Fuck the noise, you all made it be it!

  • Chris Ahn
    Chris Ahn 2 days ago

    Anyone know the song at 21:50. They also play it at the end of tottenham hotspurs videos

  • Marcin G.
    Marcin G. 2 days ago +1

    3:04 song please?!!

  • D-Dub !
    D-Dub ! 2 days ago

    9:10
    I want the original that’s fucking siiiiick

  • Foudre
    Foudre 2 days ago

    ...si vogliono bene dai...

  • Sergio Perez
    Sergio Perez 2 days ago

    @Vice I got an idea for you guys. Let's do the history of Macarena.

  • MARIA ANTONIETTA DAVI

    Chi e italiano metta like

  • Firee24 AJPW
    Firee24 AJPW 2 days ago +1

    I’m BLUe IF I WaS GREen I WOuLd DIE

  • JuniorzGT
    JuniorzGT 2 days ago

    Ooooff

  • Shorty2Die4
    Shorty2Die4 2 days ago

    i want a full documentary on them, my console is my favorite off that album. They should have been bigger than they were!!!

  • Faith Parker
    Faith Parker 3 days ago +1

    I love that song

  • Pete Fragale
    Pete Fragale 3 days ago +3

    Please do...
    Razor n Guido- do it again
    Alice Deejay- Better off alone

  • Edward Byard
    Edward Byard 3 days ago

    Would love to see more of there for some older dance tunes. Snap Rhythm is a Dancer, Culture Beat Mr Vain, etc. Some of the 90s classics.

  • James Guardiola
    James Guardiola 3 days ago

    You gotta do one on 5 hours that one is a classic

  • jdawg746
    jdawg746 3 days ago

    story behind one of the most bizarre songs ever made lol

  • Furkan Salieh L
    Furkan Salieh L 3 days ago +1

    I looked I’m blue da at 2013.

  • Richard Hernandez
    Richard Hernandez 3 days ago

    Do ATC around the world next pleaseeeeeeeee 🙌🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Diego Castillo
    Diego Castillo 3 days ago

    Y tuve la fortuna de verlos en vivo en i Love Dance Mexico!!! Thank you for all Eiffel 65

  • Lil_gxccii _
    Lil_gxccii _ 3 days ago

    been listening to stuff like this since i was born which was 14 yrs ago

  • Audio Duran
    Audio Duran 4 days ago

    I’m blue and with out my weed I would die without my weed I would die

  • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385

    Someone made fun of me today for listing to I'm blue today and i said "you know what,your probably making fun of your parents"

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 4 days ago

    Why were they not all playing together at the end

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 4 days ago

    He had a very villianous victory laugh after reading better than decpacito,
    I dont know why im mentioning this tho i just thought it was instresting

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 4 days ago

    Why did the one guy start to say daba dee daba doo instead of die

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 4 days ago

    So it needed april fools day for people to be able to laugh at the lyrics to like the song

  • AdrianlolXD24 :3
    AdrianlolXD24 :3 4 days ago

    If your blue your depressed like me.

  • pappoSCWr
    pappoSCWr 4 days ago

    goosbumps from 0:00 to the end. thank you.

  • U Nwokorie
    U Nwokorie 4 days ago

    I know why they were losing money.
    @19:02 gotta clear your sinuses sometimes

  • AdrianlolXD24 :3
    AdrianlolXD24 :3 4 days ago

    Wtf it says I got the feeling ima die WTF?!?!?!?!

  • jacob f
    jacob f 4 days ago

    i love your song "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"

  • harusaurus
    harusaurus 4 days ago

    blue is my ultimate favorite song. it was my favorite as a kid, and it still hasn't gotten old. every time i heard it on the radio i'd crank it up; i was so sad when the station slowly stopped playing it. i love other songs too, and i have lots of favorites that are timeless to me, but this one will always hold that one place in my heart. didn't know how much i needed this documentary💙

  • Wesley Johnson
    Wesley Johnson 5 days ago

    This is the video that I needed in my life but I didn’t knew.

  • Jay C
    Jay C 5 days ago

    I’m blue (I would beat up a guy I’d beat off or die I would beat up a guy I’d beat off or die I would beat up a guy I’d beat off or die I would beat up a guy)

  • Kenny ngo
    Kenny ngo 5 days ago +1

    @21:50 ID!????

    • Chris Ahn
      Chris Ahn 2 days ago

      Also wondering the same thing

  • fernando torres torres

    Good story!!!

  • Nia Pogue
    Nia Pogue 5 days ago

    my brother is starting to talk and he hears this song, and says im boo. *;3*

  • Sito Saprino
    Sito Saprino 5 days ago

    Can you make this song as documentary movie?

  • Jan_Shane
    Jan_Shane 5 days ago

    those guys seem to be so nice

  • TechnoMulen
    TechnoMulen 5 days ago

    I loved Gabry Ponte before he even got really known here in Denmark =)
    We are so slow with great music here :(

  • Amir Abeid
    Amir Abeid 5 days ago

    Beautiful

  • James Ring
    James Ring 5 days ago

    Nice lip syncing 23:40

  • Peasnug
    Peasnug 5 days ago

    Keef jo

  • Sean Norman
    Sean Norman 5 days ago

    My ex-girlfriend actually did Shuffle dance to the music...

  • Gamer Boi
    Gamer Boi 5 days ago +1

    Can you please do Daft Punk documentary

  • dantheman1998
    dantheman1998 5 days ago +4

    Blue was a great song but the Album Europop is soooooo criminally underrated its insane. TONS of great songs on that album that you will come for Blue but stay for everything else. And Contact was also great! These guys had serious talent that kinda gets overshadowed by Blue.

  • A Happy Life
    A Happy Life 6 days ago

    I need a dee d Jackson documentary “automatic lover “

  • Karim Sinanovic
    Karim Sinanovic 6 days ago +1

    So they feuded because they didn't think Gabry made any real contribution... And Gabry ended up being the most famous

    • bapjap
      bapjap 3 days ago

      Karim Sinanovic yes, exactly. Over the years Maury has ‘claimed’ to make demos upon demos for a new Eiffel album and it has never came to fruition. For a guy who wants to have his music ‘more famous than himself’, maybe he just should release music anyway.
      Gabry has been famous for many years and many Eiffel fans are happy for him.

  • Steven Garcia
    Steven Garcia 6 days ago

    “ Bluetooth me that song “

  • Kiara Verona
    Kiara Verona 6 days ago

    LA MIA ADOLESCENZA 😍

  • Alexey Savushkin
    Alexey Savushkin 7 days ago

    Thank you! Hope to see stories about other good songs too!

  • Lucas Bitencourt
    Lucas Bitencourt 7 days ago +1

    "We needed to make a test"
    DAMN THE FIRST TIME THEY PLAYED
    "So, we went to this club"
    _it must have been awsome_
    "It was a disaster"
    ||° 0°|

  • Sören Hagemeister
    Sören Hagemeister 7 days ago

    I Love this Song so much it's one of the best on the world.

  • Roux Man
    Roux Man 7 days ago

    I got a ad about the 10 year challenge and the song was made 2009 now it’s 2019

  • Koshteg
    Koshteg 7 days ago +1

    This song was and still is extremely popular in Russia. Even despite the ambiguous translation of the text. Here “To be blue” means “to be gay” literally.

  • SC Styles
    SC Styles 7 days ago +15

    We need the story of Around the World (La La La La La) by ATC

    • Swiatlocien
      Swiatlocien 3 days ago

      You may find it shocking but ATC's piece is actually the cover of "Pesenka" by the Russian band Ruki Vverh. Check it out.

  • Stefano Pedretti
    Stefano Pedretti 7 days ago +8

    When Italy was rocking the scene ✔️✔️

  • mgmg
    mgmg 7 days ago

    aHA! KNEW it was a harmonizer!

  • Nick Dansie
    Nick Dansie 7 days ago

    I wa green I wou die (da ba Dee da ba die)

  • biskitz86913
    biskitz86913 7 days ago +2

    "The first time I heard the piano arpeggio I was like wow, that's beautiful - I can't wait to put a cheesy saw tooth synth and some shitty lyrics over that"

  • Money Over Bitches
    Money Over Bitches 7 days ago

    90's trash music

  • iron tailed kid
    iron tailed kid 7 days ago

    Who else went and watched im blue again

  • Insane GodFP
    Insane GodFP 7 days ago

    It’s a story about a song that is a story???

  • Michael Streich
    Michael Streich 7 days ago +3

    Do a video on Alice Deejay "Better off alone"

  • Citizenshane81
    Citizenshane81 7 days ago

    Lol, so AWESOME. This song definitely takes me back to the 17-18 year old me sneaking into night clubs going to all age clubs in Toronto & Chicago with a whole crew, looking around the club and seeing one of our buddies getting dragged out by security for fighting or smoking weed, we all got dragged out or denied entry by security at one point or another.
    Enough about me...
    Good for you guys. I don’t know you but I’m proud of you. You created something immortal that will never be forgotten and DJ’s across the globe have you guys to thank.
    Stick to your vision, pursue your dreams, get motivated and never give up. Starting today at 37 with nothing materialistic but the clothes on my back and this studio apartment I rent for $700 a month, I intend to do the same. I’m not a musician but I have a gorgeous 7 year old daughter to give me purpose and have been told I have a creative mind.
    Hey, you never know, tomorrow might just go different if you put yourself out there.
    Very inspiring. Thank you for posting!

  • Bob Marley
    Bob Marley 8 days ago

    Why do I feel like my life is complete

  • EJ M
    EJ M 8 days ago

    @13:13 what is her name? Damn I remember thinking she was hot ass hell.

  • Matteo Sabato
    Matteo Sabato 8 days ago

    TORINO

  • Drew
    Drew 8 days ago

    This reminds me of my earliest experiences with computers and the internet.....napster.

  • andrex99 Channel
    andrex99 Channel 8 days ago +1

    Ma sono italiani????

  • Valerie Cumming
    Valerie Cumming 8 days ago

    God, Gabry is sexy.

  • miketalife
    miketalife 8 days ago

    BRAAAVIIIIIII ! ! ! !

  • Alexandria Sanders
    Alexandria Sanders 8 days ago

    Man I remember when the video had dropped😅 that song was made for me!

  • NurSpass
    NurSpass 8 days ago

    Well done

  • Mountain Prairie West

    Thank God Eiffel stuck it out and gave us this song. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard it, became instantly hooked, and knew it would be big. And actually that whole album Europop got me thru my teenage angst too. Still have mad love for Eiffel ❤

  • Daniel Memedoza
    Daniel Memedoza 8 days ago

    It’s one of the greatest Songs and memes in pop culture history 😂

  • Oliver S
    Oliver S 8 days ago +1

    Great Documentary!
    I learned more than my pop music class

  • zero sassy
    zero sassy 9 days ago

    omg i'm so freaking happy to see them again

  • DJ Trevi
    DJ Trevi 9 days ago

    So the song is not about blue balls? I'm confused?

  • Brae Torr
    Brae Torr 9 days ago

    There are movies about so many life stories of famous musicians, now one needs to be made of them! How they started, what their lives were like through out the years as E65 and Bloom 06 and where they are now

  • Justin Anthony Berru

    You guys gotta make a story of " magic box - if you"

  • roger guerrero amezquita

    i was 18 year old damn im old

  • Luca Brambilla
    Luca Brambilla 9 days ago

    Motivi del litigio (intuito) ok,la canzone la abbiamo scritta al 98% noi senza Gabry ponte, ma pure tu hai avuto il successo mondiale e poi che fai, rompi il gruppo dopo solo qualche anno, andandotene.... Penso sia andata così da quanti hanno appunto raccontato qui.

  • kontra treezy
    kontra treezy 9 days ago

    definitely one of the songs of the Century

  • Angelita Capone
    Angelita Capone 9 days ago

    A huge part of my childhood and a big part of my heart. Love you endlessly, Eiffel65 and thank you VICE for this gem ❤️

  • Martin Bond
    Martin Bond 9 days ago

    There's a story behind everything, and tbh, this is a pretty shit, but catchy pop song, like Baby Sharke.
    Is it an interesting story, fuck no.
    But still, it's your story, and it was popular back in the day.
    But so was the awful remix of Witch Doctor 😅🤣😂

  • *Good Vibes*
    *Good Vibes* 9 days ago +1

    One of the strangest songs I have ever heard

  • Die Univercity
    Die Univercity 9 days ago

    DO DARUDE STORM NEXT

  • Mr.EpikGames
    Mr.EpikGames 9 days ago

    0:41 "That's when it really _blue_ up"

  • Jocelyn Cooley
    Jocelyn Cooley 9 days ago

    This is important to me

  • Maasgate
    Maasgate 9 days ago

    I love this Song so much🎛🎹🎛👍