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

  • Publicado em 21 Mar 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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Comentários • 5 930

  • VICE
    VICE  2 meses atrás +4422

    What were the actual lyrics?

  • Daxent
    Daxent 8 horas atrás

    I'm blue and i would beat off a guy

  • ckrause81
    ckrause81 11 horas atrás

    Lol one hit wonder

  • Johnny Speedy
    Johnny Speedy 15 horas atrás

    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 16 horas atrás

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

  • Gail Adie
    Gail Adie 17 horas atrás

    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 These types of songs have unique properties that never become outdated.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 19 horas atrás

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

  • Leonardo de la Vega
    Leonardo de la Vega 20 horas atrás

    Metal Gear!

  • Paumonsu
    Paumonsu 22 horas atrás


  • x1expert1x
    x1expert1x 22 horas atrás

    absolute legends. Thank you vice for this, subbed.

  • Danny Motta
    Danny Motta Dia atrás

    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 Dia atrás

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

  • Jose Saavedra
    Jose Saavedra Dia atrás

    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 Dia atrás

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

  • Mattie V
    Mattie V Dia atrás +2

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

  • MyCars
    MyCars Dia atrás


  • Licka
    Licka Dia atrás

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

  • Jelly Much
    Jelly Much Dia atrás

    What what in the butt documentary

  • Zach Uzzell
    Zach Uzzell Dia atrás

    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 Dia atrás

    he was blue and he beat off a guy

  • DoubleDee YT
    DoubleDee YT Dia atrás

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

  • Brian Shannon
    Brian Shannon Dia atrás

    13:02. I spied Godsmack. 1998!

  • Annie Lanier
    Annie Lanier Dia atrás

    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 Dia atrás

    I'm afraid I just blue myself.

  • Lil Draven
    Lil Draven Dia atrás

    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 Dia atrás

    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 2 dias atrás +1

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

  • R osso
    R osso 2 dias atrás

    It was so bad music

  • d1p70
    d1p70 2 dias atrás

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

  • RussianLearnsYou
    RussianLearnsYou 2 dias atrás +4

    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 2 dias atrás

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

  • Rainface Atriarch
    Rainface Atriarch 2 dias atrás

    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 2 dias atrás +1

    cheers to living your dreams!

  • WickedXombieBoi
    WickedXombieBoi 2 dias atrás

    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 2 dias atrás +1

    I'm blue I OD and I died

    • shelby
      shelby 2 dias atrás

      lmao good one

  • Gaichangpou Gangmei
    Gaichangpou Gangmei 2 dias atrás

    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 2 dias atrás

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

  • The Hylian Loach
    The Hylian Loach 2 dias atrás

    My Childhood.

  • Red 19
    Red 19 2 dias atrás +3

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

  • jerry
    jerry 2 dias atrás +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 3 dias atrás +1

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

  • beboncio4 rod
    beboncio4 rod 3 dias atrás +1

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

  • Alley
    Alley 3 dias atrás

    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 3 dias atrás

    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 3 dias atrás

    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 3 dias atrás


  • DRiFT Alonzo
    DRiFT Alonzo 3 dias atrás

    Why do I always watch this when I feel bored

  • Holly Milloy
    Holly Milloy 3 dias atrás


  • tumtum821
    tumtum821 3 dias atrás

    Thanks for making this VICE!

  • Alex Espinoza Ced.
    Alex Espinoza Ced. 3 dias atrás

    This documentary is hella drama

  • The Larry Project
    The Larry Project 3 dias atrás

    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 3 dias atrás

    These guys never aged.

  • Hershey Barber
    Hershey Barber 4 dias atrás

    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 4 dias atrás

    This was my middle school jam.

  • Micael Sousa
    Micael Sousa 4 dias atrás

    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 4 dias atrás

    I loved this song so much when I was little

  • Immaculate Expertise
    Immaculate Expertise 4 dias atrás

    This song sucks...

  • Ixxgxx
    Ixxgxx 4 dias atrás

    1999 El Salvador

  • Dan Beaumont
    Dan Beaumont 4 dias atrás

    How can you dedicate a whole documentary to one song one hit wonders

  • Gio Brembi
    Gio Brembi 4 dias atrás

    Documentary of Finzi Contini please

  • m00nl1ghtth3c4t
    m00nl1ghtth3c4t 4 dias atrás +2

    I wish I could have back all the happy memories this song created, well just the happiness this time of my life brought.

  • voteZDLR
    voteZDLR 4 dias atrás +5

    It became a hit on "the 1st of April, 1999" so on April Fools' Day these guys lives changed forever.

  • voteZDLR
    voteZDLR 4 dias atrás

    I used to wanna be a producer, then I realized I was always more interested in the stories behind the music and musicians, more passionate about that aspect anyway, than I was about making music itself.

  • Buddy Barlow
    Buddy Barlow 4 dias atrás

    I still remember their playstation song

  • Francisco Burgos
    Francisco Burgos 4 dias atrás

    One hit wonder

  • Naruto Uzumaki
    Naruto Uzumaki 4 dias atrás

    I’m blue if I was green I would die

  • Anon Ymous
    Anon Ymous 4 dias atrás +28

    The nostalgia for late '90s/early '00s is giving me goosebumps. Man, what a time to be a teenager.

    • Justin Ratcliffe
      Justin Ratcliffe 2 dias atrás

      Anon Ymous It really was a great time. Better than today

  • Swift Crawl
    Swift Crawl 5 dias atrás

    Everything wrong with the 2000s in one song. Seems like this song really contributed to the wave of pop music going downhill in late 1998 with stardust, britney spears etc all just making really sub par music that lowered the standard of pop we still haven't recovered from.

  • itamar wand
    itamar wand 5 dias atrás

    search for Gabry Ponte - Geordie.
    You won't regret it

  • Dey
    Dey 5 dias atrás +3

    When everyone has a input 👌🏾

  • Think Different Music Group

    Great Doc Vice 🙌🙌🙌

  • Christopher Refusal
    Christopher Refusal 5 dias atrás

    Song was garbage lol

  • Um Ok
    Um Ok 5 dias atrás

    That piano melody is fucking beautiful though like holy fuck

  • Trey Milton
    Trey Milton 5 dias atrás

    1999 brought me here.

  • YSL_Flowerz
    YSL_Flowerz 5 dias atrás

    im blue i will beat off a guy i will beaat off a guy

  • lil teca
    lil teca 5 dias atrás +4

    lmoa idk why i expected the creepypasta story when i put this on

  • Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks

    Cool video but I'm wondering why this is relevant in 2019 as a new video? Is eiffle 65 making a new album..... oh and I have to comment on his awful lip sycing to the autotune. Ha ha I love eifle 66 blue but the live concert is a recorded joke he lip syncs to!!

  • Man Named Jake
    Man Named Jake 6 dias atrás

    ~If I was green I would die, if I was green I would die~

  • Lio Dasilva
    Lio Dasilva 6 dias atrás

    The movie Avatar was inspired in your song and you didn't know...

  • dio aditya romadoni
    dio aditya romadoni 6 dias atrás

    when i was a child,, listening this song,but idk who is made and the singer or band name,,but my lips sing da ba dee.

  • Jordan Leshea
    Jordan Leshea 6 dias atrás

    Literally their album Europop WAS MY EVERYTHING! Eiffel 65 is one of my ALLLL TIME FAVES

  • Eric Widder
    Eric Widder 6 dias atrás

    The greatest thing about this... is that blue was the least awesome track on that record. Every song on that album is super clutch and I still blast it to this day. Where are my Eiffel fans that sing along and know all the words?

  • pituparanoico
    pituparanoico 6 dias atrás +1

    too much of heaven could bring them underground :/ shame

    • pituparanoico
      pituparanoico 6 dias atrás

      @Eric Widder probably there were already money/rights issues at the time, no? Too much of heaven was my fav track on the album.
      The killer makes no sound

    • Eric Widder
      Eric Widder 6 dias atrás

      ouch yo...

  • Katie McLellan
    Katie McLellan 6 dias atrás

    Do they just like walk off the stage after playing that song though?

    • Eric Widder
      Eric Widder 6 dias atrás

      No they probably played the rest of the album which was tons better than blue. Look up Europop and educate yourself to the sounds of dance.

  • Michael Neal
    Michael Neal 6 dias atrás

    That's funny. I always thought the fill lyrics were "I'm blue, if I was green I would die, if I was green I would die" makes more sense.

  • Darklurkr
    Darklurkr 6 dias atrás +3

    Me at 11 I was like "secret song i loved"
    This song is such a pos XD

  • jake jhonson
    jake jhonson 6 dias atrás

    ah the one hit wonders of the 90s well hopefully they dont lose all there cash on drugs and grinder hook ups

  • Lord Iga
    Lord Iga 6 dias atrás

    all I can say is ZEN the intergalactic ninja

  • Low'keyDime
    Low'keyDime 6 dias atrás

    I didn’t know I needed this until I watched it.

  • Albertina Campbell
    Albertina Campbell 6 dias atrás

    I thought they were a French band all this time.

  • Briana Garcia
    Briana Garcia 7 dias atrás

    Reminds me of my childhood lmao

  • schauzeit
    schauzeit 7 dias atrás +1

    "I'm blue and I would be a blue guy, and I would be a blue guy, I would be a blue guy."

  • Genesis Knight
    Genesis Knight 7 dias atrás

    Ozone- Numa Numa

  • Creamcheese Diarrhea
    Creamcheese Diarrhea 7 dias atrás +5

    Im blue im in need of a guy im in need of a guy.

  • Alex Doge
    Alex Doge 7 dias atrás

    i didn’t even know this song has lyrics.

  • Diana Fronsdahl
    Diana Fronsdahl 7 dias atrás +1

    I remember seeing Black Eyed Peas at Warped tour in like 2000... Before they were well known. Eminem was there too, lol...

  • farceadentus
    farceadentus 8 dias atrás

    well done on creating the SHITTIEST song in the history of Humanity!

  • LizzyKoala88
    LizzyKoala88 8 dias atrás

    I was born in 98 but I remember singing this song when I was a little kid 💕