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

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  • Published: 21 March 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 • 6 159

  • VICE
    VICE   4 months back

    What were the actual lyrics?

  • Noe VazquezTV
    Noe VazquezTV  27 minutes back

    Legendary forever para siempre !!

    • Mauro Porcu
      Mauro Porcu  8 hours back

      🇮🇹

      • Albo Nezi
        Albo Nezi  8 hours back

        i was 20 at that time, i remember i played blue at the disco i worked as Dj, good times ....

        • danny C.
          danny C.  12 hours back

          Big guys🔵

          • nardonardo _
            nardonardo _  13 hours back

            Are they italian?

            • w4rell
              w4rell  13 hours back

              Love this song so much, and I'm born in 1996 :)

              • CRAB JAB
                CRAB JAB  20 hours back

                One more thing. As a team you all want diff things. Make a deal with each other to keep things fair. Nobody is the leader , you all are.

                My partner is a brilliant producer into the real house music. From tech to deep house to whatever. Anything house music is his soul where as I’m more grime focused or Synthwave. It’s gotta be more musical for me. So we made a deal.

                Work on a project his way and I fully back it. Then the next song/ album is more my focus and he has to back it. We are still a team but it took us time to get this respect for each other as we have our own goals.

                Another idea is we are currently banging out some tech house and it’s not really my thing. I’ll do the bass and the pluck lead and maybe another. He does the bulk. Track B on the EP will be a Synthwave remix that I will do. So we are both happy.

                I don’t care about popular opinions and that sort of trend. I want my people who love what I produce and I’m cool with that.

                Find what it is you want. What is your goal? Make that happen

                • CRAB JAB
                  CRAB JAB  20 hours back

                  Great video. I was around then and never was a big fan. Utter cheese but I rate them for sticking it out and they had a global number one and retired rich.

                  I love videos like this. Get all those 90s acts when you can. Anyone that you can get then do it. These videos are great for producers to watch. It’s helping me a little cos I produce Synthwave and we don’t have a giant scene. This keeps me believing I should stick to my guns. It’s the genre that hits me most

                  • Ivana Humpálot
                    Ivana Humpálot  20 hours back

                    I used to spank my nipples to this track.

                    • Tap In
                      Tap In  23 hours back

                      This song sucks...but it’s so amazing...idk how to feel

                      • michael del piano
                        michael del piano  1 days back

                        Italiani?

                        • Ryan M
                          Ryan M  1 days back

                          wasnt expecting much, and i got way more than i expected, and it was great.

                          • Riseout
                            Riseout  1 days back

                            I also really love their song "Too Much of Heaven"

                            • Kholebeatz
                              Kholebeatz  2 days back

                              loved it!

                              • RandomRyan09
                                RandomRyan09  2 days back

                                Wait, what is that I see? A 25 minute video with only 2 ads?

                                *SIGN ME UP*

                                • Daryl Vargas
                                  Daryl Vargas  2 days back

                                  I always thought it was I would bleed I would die hahaha

                                  • Princess Olmeca
                                    Princess Olmeca  2 days back

                                    Obla-dee, obla-dai!

                                    • Raffo Slash
                                      Raffo Slash  2 days back

                                      Intramontabile

                                      • Justin F
                                        Justin F  2 days back

                                        Nice to be rich

                                        • boris
                                          boris  2 days back

                                          ITALIAAAAA

                                          • AplexaS 420
                                            AplexaS 420  3 days back

                                            I rememer playing Stronghold and rocking this music haha, it was in early 2k's, time flies 🤣🤣

                                            • CSX RF&P Guy
                                              CSX RF&P Guy  3 days back

                                              For any railfans in this comment section, this song will always scream CONRAIL QUALITY!

                                              • Nileshwar
                                                Nileshwar  3 days back

                                                I need the story behind the Darude -Sandstorm

                                                • Devin Brittain
                                                  Devin Brittain  3 days back

                                                  If you listen it sounds like “I’m blue I would beat off a guy”.

                                                  • Ruan Yuri
                                                    Ruan Yuri  3 days back

                                                    Essa Música marcou a minha infância no fim dos anos 90. Parabéns a esses compositores que escreveram uma bela história Amei d+ viver essa época bons tempos das batidas eletrônicas dos anos 90. Tri massa

                                                    • Gi Ro
                                                      Gi Ro  3 days back

                                                      I don't know if you still blue but be sure you are fat bro!!

                                                      • Todd ZiLLa
                                                        Todd ZiLLa  3 days back

                                                        Legendary Song. Not a ton of those anymore

                                                        • shadow boy plays
                                                          shadow boy plays  4 days back

                                                          Can people stop making a freaking joke out of it gosh

                                                          • Flex Sharingan
                                                            Flex Sharingan  4 days back

                                                            Da ba dee da ba die

                                                            • Swampdonkey69 YT
                                                              Swampdonkey69 YT  4 days back

                                                              “Why the hell would I say 'if I was green, I would die?”


                                                              Well why would you say da ba dee da ba daa lmao

                                                              • MadiCat247
                                                                MadiCat247  5 days back

                                                                I know who killed me

                                                                • Muhamadkhaidar
                                                                  Muhamadkhaidar  5 days back

                                                                  Nice song im like song you😀

                                                                  • Sean Monger
                                                                    Sean Monger  6 days back

                                                                    Quite an interesting song.

                                                                    • BriAnne Bowers
                                                                      BriAnne Bowers  6 days back

                                                                      I partied so rock star hard to this song in the late nineties early 2000's. Thank you for this 🧡🧡!!

                                                                      • Monorom K
                                                                        Monorom K  7 days back

                                                                        We all know his favourite colour

                                                                        • youwerebetteroffdead
                                                                          youwerebetteroffdead  1 weeks back

                                                                          I’m blue, I would beat off a guy, I would beat off a guy

                                                                          • The29Dave
                                                                            The29Dave  1 weeks back

                                                                            >inspired by Metal Gear Solid

                                                                            • CustomJ
                                                                              CustomJ  1 weeks back

                                                                              It was released, it was catchy, it got overplayed and then it sucked. The end.

                                                                              • Em Em
                                                                                Em Em  1 weeks back

                                                                                Still such a bop in 2019! I was only 5 when this came out, but my siblings were much older than me so it was always on in the house 💃🏼

                                                                                • Kagiso Lekoa
                                                                                  Kagiso Lekoa  1 weeks back

                                                                                  This was a very interesting documentary.
                                                                                  I think part of the songs appeal and success was that the lyrics were sung in English with a foreign accent (Italian). It made the song feel international and universal.

                                                                                  • NBD/NXT Lizard
                                                                                    NBD/NXT Lizard  1 weeks back

                                                                                    i have blue haer

                                                                                    • Christina Carroll
                                                                                      Christina Carroll  1 weeks back

                                                                                      IF I WAS GREEN I WOULD DIE IF WAS GREEN I WOULD DIE

                                                                                      • Christina Carroll
                                                                                        Christina Carroll  1 weeks back

                                                                                        what the.. 1:54 i do the same thing play piano and play soccer wow

                                                                                        • Mr Forrest
                                                                                          Mr Forrest  2 weeks back

                                                                                          So essentially 10 minutes to write these brilliant, captivating, persuasive lyrics? You don't say!

                                                                                          • scott mitchell
                                                                                            scott mitchell  2 weeks back

                                                                                            What cool guys ...thank you

                                                                                            • naota3k
                                                                                              naota3k  2 weeks back

                                                                                              "Overnight success takes years."