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

  • 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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Comments • 5 982

  • VICE
    VICE  3 months ago +4489

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • Brent W
      Brent W Hour ago

      Im blue if I was green i would die

    • PIXELGamerz Xvlogs
      PIXELGamerz Xvlogs 2 days ago

      I'm Blue, Da Ba Yee Da Ba Yeet

    • Ash bringer
      Ash bringer 6 days ago +2

      I'm blue if I was green i would die. I'm in need of a dye.

    • zsolti 05
      zsolti 05 6 days ago

      Hide the body eat the body

    • lyfe gang
      lyfe gang 8 days ago

      I'm blue, if I was green I would die

  • Marissa
    Marissa Hour ago

    This song and this album was everything to me back when it released! So many treasures and memories 💙💙💙💙💙💙

  • Brent W
    Brent W Hour ago

    What well made and memorable program. Nice job 👍

  • Ансар Космамбетова

    Тут есть кто знает русский?

  • Jason Swanson
    Jason Swanson 20 hours ago +1

    They heard cher's believe and the clouds parted and the voice of an angel sang "DOOOOO YOUUUU BEELieeEeEeve IN LIFE AFTER LOOOVE?" and they thought "this is it".

  • Reins Legacy
    Reins Legacy Day ago

    23:00 Real life words.

  • Paula Wolf
    Paula Wolf Day ago

    Do more music of the 90s/00s pleeeeaaaase!!!!!!

  • Rich Colon
    Rich Colon Day ago

    I love this song

  • clarkeysam
    clarkeysam Day ago

    As an English guy I was convinced it was "I'm blue if I was green, I would die if I was green, yeah, I blue if I was green I would die"
    I then went on a night out in Aberdeen and heard the DJ sing over the record "I will die in Aberdeen" ... which was an interesting spin.

  • Wichard
    Wichard Day ago

    I used to think it is "I'm blue, I believe I will die" 😅

  • Grimjazz25
    Grimjazz25 Day ago

    I grew up with this song, I enjoyed the song, it was nice to know more about this song and the people who wrote it in the stories behind it. So from me to you thank you guys for doing this

  • Kev Bow
    Kev Bow Day ago

    They were so ahead of their time, now every song on the radio that is HipHop & RNB, or RAP sounds uses the same vocal sounds. Sounding like a robot, and very artificial ;)

  • Greg Wisa
    Greg Wisa Day ago

    Vice - Do the Mortal Kombat Theme song!

  • SpiderFlashChompy

    I love this song

  • John Damage
    John Damage 2 days ago

    Great tunes come from melodies

  • john Jones
    john Jones 2 days ago

    worst song ever written, interesting.

  • Tiger playz
    Tiger playz 2 days ago


  • Kevin Edwards
    Kevin Edwards 2 days ago

    I admire what Eiffel 65 did. They seem like a group of self aware guys that were realistic about their success and what would come after. They don't talk about the song like it was the greatest masterpiece ever. I think a lot of people compare works of art to other, more critically acclaimed works of art and that's not fair. Not everything needs to be "Stairway to Heaven." Sometimes it's great just to make something fun that can lift people up or make them go "what the hell is this? lol" Personally, I thought the song was fun, but I had no idea what it meant lol until now.

  • Money Mike
    Money Mike 2 days ago

    Ohhhhhhhhh take horse to the ol town road.

  • Laura Martin
    Laura Martin 2 days ago +2

    will forever associate with the roller rink... good memories of pixie stix and endless loops.

  • Mo Hawk
    Mo Hawk 2 days ago

    Nice to see the guys, who made that cool single.

  • Dsl Dsl
    Dsl Dsl 2 days ago +2

    To the end it gets from informal to gangsta :)) man it was so hard to lip sync every single day :)))

  • kre 1
    kre 1 3 days ago +25

    Vice 2012: Cannibalism

    Vice 2019: I'M BLUE DA BA DEEE

  • Gabriella Nagy
    Gabriella Nagy 3 days ago +2

    I'm kind shocked , I listened sooooo much to Gabry Ponte back then and I just realised that he was a part of Eiffel 65 ... thank you :)

  • JoshL117
    JoshL117 3 days ago +4

    I was only 8 when I first heard Blue, and I loved it.
    I remember wanting so much to see them live, meeting them, backstage passes, everything. lol
    Seeing how they are in this documentary, they seem like cool guys.

  • Edgar Abraamyan
    Edgar Abraamyan 3 days ago +3

    How'd they come up with the name Eiffel 65?

  • I find Anime Hot
    I find Anime Hot 3 days ago +1

    Music from late 90s or early 2000 are the best in my opinion

  • M M
    M M 4 days ago +2

    The end is a bit sad. But Gabri Ponte is clearly a giant, he had a huge impact.

  • Sepi Pepa
    Sepi Pepa 4 days ago

    It's still a hit in my family 💙

  • TurTleguy123r
    TurTleguy123r 4 days ago

    Why does this exist... Why am I okay with it...

  • 202 Fredo
    202 Fredo 4 days ago

    most iconic song of the 21st century

  • em
    em 4 days ago

    2:56 umm HELLO

  • Blake17
    Blake17 4 days ago

    Took 2 hours to write ???? hOW??

  • Dario YT
    Dario YT 4 days ago

    Me as an Italian/German I'm asking myself: how the fuck is their English so good???

  • King P
    King P 5 days ago

    So weird how as soon as you hear that melody you can here Da ba dee da ba da immediately and it’s like you cant put any other words or sounds to it except da ba dee.

  • UniQueLyEviL
    UniQueLyEviL 5 days ago +1

    why does this make me so happy!?

  • Mike D
    Mike D 5 days ago

    @ Circa 23 mins: "It's not that we made the song in two hours, it's that we made a life that leads you, in those two hours, to make a song" - what a powerful message

  • Jewn Ersey
    Jewn Ersey 5 days ago

    Todd in the shadows did this first, and better.

  • Becky
    Becky 5 days ago

    Im blue, if i was green i would die.
    That's what we would all sing to it back then hahaha. That song was a really big part of my childhood and always brought joy. So thanks for this! Never thought id get to see something like this :)

  • Kenny Jordana
    Kenny Jordana 5 days ago

    I remembered this song. A lot of good memories for me back then

  • Eric LeBlanch
    Eric LeBlanch 5 days ago +4

    Happy to see this guy's again in 2019. 20 years later.. damn I'm getting old.. I remember this song when I was in grand 8. And now I'm 35 years old and a father of 4..
    Kongo for life and Afrika for life

  • Macadoodle123
    Macadoodle123 5 days ago


  • Bady89
    Bady89 5 days ago

    Can remember the time of Eifel 65 , MTV and Jamba - Thank god it´s over.

  • Daxent
    Daxent 6 days ago

    I'm blue and i would beat off a guy

  • ckrause81
    ckrause81 6 days ago +1

    Lol one hit wonder

  • Johnny Speedy
    Johnny Speedy 6 days ago

    I mean the song was cool but just imagine riding that wave of ONE song? Performing One song over and over and over must get boring after some time. And they never made anything else. Kind of sucks, I wonder how much money did they exactly make form this one song and if they become rich? I doubt it.

  • nzoomed
    nzoomed 6 days ago

    this is now 20 years ago, man i feel old!

  • Gail Adie
    Gail Adie 6 days ago

    This song was original, just like that I'm a Barbie Girl song. They have a unique energy and it is a fine line of timing, audiences and way you promote it. The world can't handle so much for to long or to many at the same time. But these songs have lasting people. Like many of Queens songs. You hear it in it it doesn't bring you to a memory of a time and event, it transcends you to a feeling, an energy. These types of songs have unique properties that never become outdated. And that is why they are so powerful.

  • Correcto34
    Correcto34 6 days ago

    Awesome Documentary. Brings back really good memories! Need more of this!

  • Leonardo de la Vega
    Leonardo de la Vega 6 days ago

    Metal Gear!

  • Paumonsu
    Paumonsu 6 days ago


  • x1expert1x
    x1expert1x 6 days ago

    absolute legends. Thank you vice for this, subbed.

  • Danny Motta
    Danny Motta 6 days ago +1

    Europop is the very first album I ever owned as a child. that song really embodied the pop culture essence of my childhood. this music group deserves the best recognition they deserve and I thank them very much

  • DS 4 Productions
    DS 4 Productions 7 days ago

    I’d love to get my hands on those stems!

  • Jose Saavedra
    Jose Saavedra 7 days ago

    I thought for the longest time that the chorus was "I'm blue, if I were green, I would die." Lol

  • koi tuipulotu
    koi tuipulotu 7 days ago

    My family is related by Blood.. but some are BLUU CRIPs . Inside and outside ..

  • Mattie V
    Mattie V 7 days ago +6

    In the car my 10 year old nieces were singing this. I was shocked. My childhood hit me in the face lol

  • MyCars
    MyCars 7 days ago


  • Licka
    Licka 7 days ago

    Europop was the soundtrack to my childhood. I love these guys.

  • Jelly Much
    Jelly Much 7 days ago

    What what in the butt documentary

  • Zach Uzzell
    Zach Uzzell 7 days ago

    This song is the song of my childhood, Saturday cartoons, and always chanting “I believe imma die” (because he’s blue and depressed) instead of the actual lyrics because the internet made robot fucking sounds when you started it up. Good times

  • Polymer
    Polymer 7 days ago

    he was blue and he beat off a guy

  • DoubleDee YT
    DoubleDee YT 7 days ago

    Hey, usually I avoid Vice. But this was a pleasant documentary. Good job !

  • Brian Shannon
    Brian Shannon 7 days ago

    13:02. I spied Godsmack. 1998!

  • Annie Lanier
    Annie Lanier 7 days ago

    The first time i heard this song was on the very first Kidz Bop album, how sad and young I am

  • Just A Random High Schooler Clout

    Vice making good docus? WHAAA

    JKJK y’all make good docs dw

  • Iberville Music
    Iberville Music 7 days ago

    I'm afraid I just blue myself.

  • Lil Draven
    Lil Draven 7 days ago

    My wife is a bit younger than me and she hates when I put this song on.. lol I'm a 90s kid for life

  • Justin Garrison
    Justin Garrison 7 days ago

    In 2014: Was at Lake Garda in Italy and heard the song begin. They were playing live at the amusement park and the crowd freaked out.

  • Melissa Gordon
    Melissa Gordon 7 days ago +6

    Europop was a great album. I still listen to it. 🤭

  • R osso
    R osso 7 days ago

    It was so bad music

  • d1p70
    d1p70 7 days ago

    Typical one-hit wonders. Too many dot the musical landscape to merit a mention really.

  • RussianLearnsYou
    RussianLearnsYou 7 days ago +7

    Blue (голубой) means 'gay' in Russian. This song caused a lot of confusion in my mind back on the day

  • Ryan D'souza
    Ryan D'souza 7 days ago

    Absolutely loved this! Thank you Vice. This brought back memories from my childhood.

  • Rainface Atriarch
    Rainface Atriarch 7 days ago

    Bass isolated at 9:27 it's so interesting to me to watch how these social movements of pop culture get accepted, rejected, migrating all over the place throughout time. That's for this expose on a pop song gone from crap to viral. Sensational shit!

  • Dion Davis
    Dion Davis 8 days ago +1

    cheers to living your dreams!

  • WickedXombieBoi
    WickedXombieBoi 8 days ago

    Doe man I remember 5songs that would play a lot on radio this gem Eminem's my name is Missy elliot get your freak on and Vanessa Carlton 1000 miles

  • Jerry Cabana
    Jerry Cabana 8 days ago +1

    I'm blue I OD and I died

    • shelby
      shelby 7 days ago

      lmao good one

  • Gaichangpou Gangmei
    Gaichangpou Gangmei 8 days ago

    What he puts in arrangement ? I don’t like the arrangement it’s all wrong but can’t say what exactly he did with the track ? Mmmmm

  • James Boyer
    James Boyer 8 days ago

    All this hype spanning 20 years from a song that was never any good, yet everyone knows it...

  • The Hylian Loach
    The Hylian Loach 8 days ago

    My Childhood.

  • Red 19
    Red 19 8 days ago +4

    This was great. I remember the days where this was cheesy. But interesting story. Many remixes followed

  • jerry
    jerry 8 days ago +4

    to me it's
    im blue
    if i was green i would die
    I would beat off a guy
    Im in need of a guide
    I love tree i love pie
    Im in need of a guy

  • Gavin Smith
    Gavin Smith 8 days ago +1

    They actually were on a shitload of exotic drugs when making this

  • beboncio4 rod
    beboncio4 rod 8 days ago +2

    If you slow the dialogue down, is like listening to a mafia business meeting.

  • Alley
    Alley 9 days ago

    clearly Ponte helped the song - but clearly he is begging to be included when he isn't the real father of the song

  • Dimitris Chloupis
    Dimitris Chloupis 9 days ago

    Amazing documentary. no bs, straight to the point, without unnecessary dramatization, the good and the bad. My hat off to Eiffel 65 , not only for this song they are clearly a very good band. As a musician I know how extremely hard it is to have yourself even heard, the fact that it took Blue so long to take off is a clear testament to that although far from the only example. Keep rocking

  • Joviaa
    Joviaa 9 days ago

    Thanks. This just brought up too many good memories and nice to know the story behind it now when I am older and can see past the song itself to the artists behind the track :))

  • Manuel Rodriguez
    Manuel Rodriguez 9 days ago


  • DRiFT Alonzo
    DRiFT Alonzo 9 days ago

    Why do I always watch this when I feel bored

  • Holly Milloy
    Holly Milloy 9 days ago


  • tumtum821
    tumtum821 9 days ago

    Thanks for making this VICE!

  • Alex Espinoza Ced.
    Alex Espinoza Ced. 9 days ago

    This documentary is hella drama

  • The Larry Project
    The Larry Project 9 days ago

    YMS talked about this vid in one of his vids lol that is why I am here.

  • harlow jean 1975 deymonaz

    I loooovvveee this song

  • RoyalTee
    RoyalTee 9 days ago

    These guys never aged.

  • Hershey Barber
    Hershey Barber 9 days ago

    It's great to see they are still humble guys and that the money and fame didn't change them.

  • Bath House Becky
    Bath House Becky 9 days ago

    This was my middle school jam.

  • Micael Sousa
    Micael Sousa 10 days ago

    They somewhat portrayed Gabry as the "smallest" piece of the puzzle, but if you hear the Glamour cut and compare it to the final version you can clearly understand that without Gabry's remix, the track would have gotten to nowhere.

  • Remy
    Remy 10 days ago

    I loved this song so much when I was little