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  7 months ago +5288

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • Bruh ‘
      Bruh ‘ 6 hours ago

      VICE I would pee on a guy

    • Cutie Bella-
      Cutie Bella- 3 days ago

      I’m blue daba dee daba dee

    • Commander Xananymous
      Commander Xananymous 7 days ago

      I’m blue I believe I can fly,I’m in need of a guy,I need to pee on a guy,apple tree apple pie,I want Bieber to die

    • AJ Dela Torre
      AJ Dela Torre 14 days ago

      *Im blue I would beat off a guy*
      *im in need of a guy*
      *if i was green i would die*
      *i would eat apple pie*

    • Nabstabloock The ghost
      Nabstabloock The ghost 21 day ago

      If I'm green I would die

  • burnt f1ames
    burnt f1ames 3 hours ago

    First of April 1999
    What a date to have your song blow up

  • waffle kitten
    waffle kitten Day ago

    Im blue I'm in need of a guy

  • Alluttaja
    Alluttaja Day ago

    Sad that at the end they went separate ways :(

  • Ishka Don-ell
    Ishka Don-ell 2 days ago

    What a shit song this is very low brow for a vice doc

  • mikhael likhtsior
    mikhael likhtsior 2 days ago

    Jeffrey (1998): hey guys look how good i dance



    20 years later




    Jeffrey (2019): hey guys look how i stretch my hands

  • Michael Hunter
    Michael Hunter 2 days ago

    Nostalgia is a hell of drug

  • PHNX EN3RG
    PHNX EN3RG 4 days ago +1

    That piano Melody really is fantastic.

  • Raydaou
    Raydaou 5 days ago

    there is one problem with that song and it is that is too short

  • You
    You 6 days ago

    This song gave me nightmares when I was playing Roblox Speed Run 2 when i reached Level 5(?) and i searched up the music video. The animation gave me nightmares for like 4 weeks.

  • Hegds
    Hegds 6 days ago

    Yes

  • lelone22
    lelone22 6 days ago

    I can belive it's already been 20 years! Damn I miss those days, best days of my life

  • Elmo Dash
    Elmo Dash 7 days ago

    This was what really got me into electro music. Everyone else was like "Rock, metal rap, pop" I was the kid listening to Eiffle 65 and ATC and playing DDR. If I never heard this, I might never have found a song that just Melded into my brain 🥳🥰🎶

  • Hughesy Plays
    Hughesy Plays 8 days ago

    Babycakes needs a documentary now....

  • Maliha Sallahuddin
    Maliha Sallahuddin 8 days ago

    This melody makes me cry. I was 4 back then I think. A lot has changed since

  • Sheepy The Wolf
    Sheepy The Wolf 9 days ago

    9:18

  • Dafuq!
    Dafuq! 10 days ago +1

    Yo listen up here's the story of a song named blue......

  • Guerrilla Radio 956
    Guerrilla Radio 956 11 days ago

    Hey!!! Are we just going to ignore that the "DJ" got a free ride into fame. In the USA he would just have gotten a producer credit not a writer credit and he tried to fuck the other 2 guys.

  • Connall Kirtland
    Connall Kirtland 12 days ago

    In 2100, this will be the new U.S.A. national anthem

  • andre falco
    andre falco 13 days ago

    Quando sei italiano ma nessuno conosce questa lingua

  • Abigail Demonseed
    Abigail Demonseed 13 days ago

    I don't know why Gabry Ponte is so demonized by Maury but in this documentary Gabry is the only guy who talks with respect about the others and talks actually about the music industry itself they had to fit in at the time. This sounds professional to me - and if I look at his career it's awesome, he definitely knows something. Maury sounds passive agressive. Yet again it's not our business what and when went wrong between them.

  • Giorgiovanni Bonucci
    Giorgiovanni Bonucci 14 days ago

    TORINO ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • [MangoliCaveman]
    [MangoliCaveman] 16 days ago

    journalism at its finest

  • Jacob Samuel
    Jacob Samuel 16 days ago

    The part where he’s talking about the melody I was just like whatever, but when he played it on the piano I was like holy shit

  • Nighthawk
    Nighthawk 16 days ago +2

    2:54 he looks like Martin garrix lol

  • Isaac Rodze
    Isaac Rodze 16 days ago

    Samnocamastantosdulses

  • ƵiRro
    ƵiRro 17 days ago

    Why was there an advertisement by VICE, IN A VICE VIDEO???

  • orangething
    orangething 17 days ago

    14:43 Urlo di Rocco Tanica ? (il timbro sembra proprio il suo)
    Se sì gli Elio sono finalmente su Vice

  • MaskedMadara
    MaskedMadara 17 days ago

    That piano is everything 😍🔥🔥

  • romefox
    romefox 20 days ago

    First time i heard this song was the weirdest thing. I was driving in glendale ca, decided to just tune the radio to some random foreign stations, I dont know why. Then stumbled on a russian station, blue started to play after a ladies introduction. At that time it wasnt on mainstream american radio. I thought to myself, wow this is awesome. Then forgot about it, then about a week later it was all over the radio.

  • romefox
    romefox 20 days ago

    The whole album is a masterpiece, blue is my least favorite.

  • Paraeinstein
    Paraeinstein 20 days ago +2

    The song that I listen to the most number of times.

  • Daniel SebeTheREdMage Desdunes

    Simply amazing. I use this song to pump me up or if I’m feeling sad to lift me up.

  • kingdomreborn
    kingdomreborn 22 days ago +1

    Truly mankind’s greatest achievement.

  • Wolf boy Productions
    Wolf boy Productions 22 days ago

    0:23 is where the best part plays

  • Chris White
    Chris White 22 days ago +1

    The song was a garbage.

  • Random Manifesto
    Random Manifesto 23 days ago

    I still bump this song and show people who never heard this.

  • Rebekah Scheible
    Rebekah Scheible 23 days ago

    Italian Glory!

  • Stayspooky
    Stayspooky 23 days ago

    Waiting for the story of Alice Deejay

  • Zyphyr _
    Zyphyr _ 23 days ago

    I'm blue, I need to beat up a guy

  • Diego Morales
    Diego Morales 24 days ago

    So there no drugs huh?

  • master_bater 2 2125694201738

    1.3k dislike
    Why are you gay

  • AbdulVlogz YT
    AbdulVlogz YT 25 days ago

    16:55 OMG! HE READ YOUR COMMENT!😂😂😂😂I did that aswell but he didn't read it😢

  • Umakariharu
    Umakariharu 26 days ago +4

    The fact they pretty much said how the song was made in the first 2 minutes. Awesome. Don't need to watch anymore. *Continues watching*

  • Connall Kirtland
    Connall Kirtland 26 days ago

    A documentary about a meme song :D

  • miles5k
    miles5k 26 days ago

    best vice vid ive seen in a min

  • Gacha EllyDep
    Gacha EllyDep 26 days ago +1

    Lo sapevo che ci fosse anche GABRY PONTE!!

  • Gacha EllyDep
    Gacha EllyDep 26 days ago +2

    This song is made in italy?? WOW

  • hockeycox07
    hockeycox07 26 days ago +17

    21:14
    "I'm more focused on having my music more famous than me."
    Ooooooooooooo

  • Raian Nafid
    Raian Nafid 26 days ago +1

    this never gets old just sounds incredible and brand new every time

  • Suicidal Potato • 38 years ago

    its not the documentary we need
    *but the one we deserve*

  • tapo00
    tapo00 27 days ago

    im blue i took E and i died

  • DoomAnubis
    DoomAnubis 28 days ago +1

    so the reason why gabry went away was because he wanted the writing rights, and thus his share of the money that he believed he is entitled to, while maury disagreed and thus "doesnt remember" what gabry did...lmao greedy greedy

  • Matt Martineau
    Matt Martineau 28 days ago

    Heh, such a stupid song.
    ... and, we still like it.

  • TheParadox
    TheParadox 28 days ago +1

    Here's an amazing remix/cover by FAOUZIA !
    tvclip.biz/video/aJCNx3_jj1A/video.html
    The melody is just wonderful

  • WET TEW
    WET TEW Month ago +2

    AM BLUE BAD DE DE DA DA DE BADaE

  • WET TEW
    WET TEW Month ago

    Yo listhan up here’s a story about a little girl called Sofia all she see was just blue like herself inside and outside

  • NoKoTho
    NoKoTho Month ago

    '

  • NoKoTho
    NoKoTho Month ago

    ,

  • NoKoTho
    NoKoTho Month ago

    .