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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  • VICE
    VICE  Month ago +3927

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • Azurøid
      Azurøid 13 hours ago

      Im in need of a guy, if i was green i would die.

      AARON JONES 18 hours ago

      Dabadedabadie gotta beat off a guy

    • Turner top
      Turner top 3 days ago


    • Alperen Barin
      Alperen Barin 7 days ago

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

    • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385
      Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385 7 days ago

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

  • Stacyyloveexo
    Stacyyloveexo 10 hours ago

    ❤️ definitely my childhood!

  • Mickey Blake
    Mickey Blake 22 hours ago

    O-Zone please!

  • Joseph Coral Bautista

    it's still better than Despacito

  • sebastien delacroix grief

    Thanks for giving me an awesome childhood with this tune

  • Keybord 24/7
    Keybord 24/7 Day ago

    sacaron 1000 vinilos y se vendieron 200☹ y yo quisiera uno 😭aunque sea usado.

  • Purple Matrix
    Purple Matrix 2 days ago

    yo they went in. unexpected showdown

  • Chris Buck
    Chris Buck 2 days ago +1

    Da ba dee da ba dee dee daba di daba dee daba di daba dee daba die

  • unsicheresgangbild
    unsicheresgangbild 2 days ago +2

    1503: DaVinci paints the Mona Lisa
    1999: the world’s national anthem is born

  • Menace Dennis
    Menace Dennis 2 days ago

    I swear, Jeffrey is the white Aries Spears

  • Manuel Ramos
    Manuel Ramos 2 days ago

    Thanks to you guys Electronic Music is my life!!!

  • TheRightsofPassage
    TheRightsofPassage 2 days ago

    Too Cool.... Yeah....

  • Rafael Rojas
    Rafael Rojas 2 days ago

    I remember the night in 1999 my high school young uncle put this song. I was hooked ever since.

  • Paul H. Kircher III
    Paul H. Kircher III 2 days ago

    Yea they're in China.

  • Corey Maddo
    Corey Maddo 2 days ago

    Crazy, the first album i've ever owned. I love Eiffel 65 because I think they're the main reason i'm able to listen to so many genres of music.

  • Exequiel Esteban Plaza Ibañez

    I really love how well edited is the intro of the documentary... It's just like a nice docu-drama trailer.

  • fossilmusictv
    fossilmusictv 3 days ago +1


  • lon242
    lon242 3 days ago

    Does the original piano melody have an actual name? 0:24

  • glowing'13
    glowing'13 3 days ago

    Those were the most well spent 25 minutes of my life

  • mythdusterds
    mythdusterds 3 days ago

    I had no idea about this story. I had no idea there were multiple versions of this song, the amount of layers of sound tracks that made up each song and that this was an Italian group. I had no idea how collaborative this song was and how each member collaborated on this song. I know I learned about this song from Disney Channel music video being played all the time in 1999.

  • Nigermany
    Nigermany 4 days ago

    This was a greaaaat anthem to my childhood!

  • Ronny Nilsen
    Ronny Nilsen 4 days ago

    im blue if i was green i would die in Aberdeen

    DAVID GREGORY KERR 4 days ago

    One of the guys sounds like Doctor Mix.

  • Lord DV
    Lord DV 4 days ago

    My childhood

  • Colton Usher
    Colton Usher 4 days ago

    Lyric Video of Blue:

  • Colton Usher
    Colton Usher 4 days ago +4

    1:19 when your computer is so loud that anybody inside a 100 feet radius can hear the music

  • กุ๊กไก่ รุ่งนภา

    I miss you from fanclub in Thailand.

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT

    Thats what it sounds like😂

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT

    Im blue
    I belive i will die
    I belive i can fly
    I would pee on a guy
    I will eat some pie
    Ill eat some dye
    Ill eat some rye

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT

    Im blue

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT


    VBVNDON_BEATS 4 days ago

    That studio is beautiful…. i like the new modern setups theyre goin with….i gotta upgrade.

  • Soumya Paramanik
    Soumya Paramanik 4 days ago

    Times were simple back then

  • Darksaige
    Darksaige 4 days ago

    I remember first hearing this in the US and loving it. Then going crazy every time I heard it somewhere promo wise. So now it makes me wonder if they opened the door for daft punk in the US as we knew DISCOVERY before we knew HOMEWORK.

  • Antonieta De la Torre

    Gigi D'Agostino, please

  • Lionheart Roar
    Lionheart Roar 4 days ago


    DELCARAJO TEVE 5 days ago

    Wow... amazing story!

  • scouse house
    scouse house 5 days ago

    tune takes me back

  • calinfus80s
    calinfus80s 5 days 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
    Elizabeth Herrera 5 days ago

    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
    Tristan Chopping 5 days ago

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

  • Robert FSociety
    Robert FSociety 5 days ago

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

  • kevinfitz89
    kevinfitz89 5 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 6 days ago

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

  • Marcin G.
    Marcin G. 6 days ago +1

    3:04 song please?!!

  • D-Dub !
    D-Dub ! 6 days ago

    I want the original that’s fucking siiiiick

  • Foudre
    Foudre 6 days ago vogliono bene dai...

  • Sergio Perez
    Sergio Perez 6 days ago

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


    Chi e italiano metta like

  • Firee24 AJPW
    Firee24 AJPW 6 days ago +1

    I’m BLUe IF I WaS GREen I WOuLd DIE

  • JuniorzGT
    JuniorzGT 6 days ago


  • Shorty2Die4
    Shorty2Die4 6 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 7 days ago +1

    I love that song

  • Pete Fragale
    Pete Fragale 7 days ago +3

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

  • Edward Byard
    Edward Byard 7 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 7 days ago

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

  • jdawg746
    jdawg746 7 days ago

    story behind one of the most bizarre songs ever made lol

  • Furkan Salieh L
    Furkan Salieh L 7 days ago +1

    I looked I’m blue da at 2013.

  • Richard Hernandez
    Richard Hernandez 7 days ago

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

  • Diego Castillo
    Diego Castillo 7 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 _ 7 days ago

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

  • Audio Duran
    Audio Duran 7 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 8 days ago

    Why were they not all playing together at the end

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win 8 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 8 days ago

    If your blue your depressed like me.

  • pappoSCWr
    pappoSCWr 8 days ago

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

  • U Nwokorie
    U Nwokorie 8 days ago

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

  • AdrianlolXD24 :3
    AdrianlolXD24 :3 8 days ago

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

  • jacob f
    jacob f 8 days ago

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

  • harusaurus
    harusaurus 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Jay C
    Jay C 9 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 9 days ago +1

    @21:50 ID!????

    • Chris Ahn
      Chris Ahn 6 days ago

      Also wondering the same thing

  • fernando torres torres

    Good story!!!

  • Nia Pogue
    Nia Pogue 9 days ago

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

  • Sito Saprino
    Sito Saprino 9 days ago

    Can you make this song as documentary movie?

  • Jan_Shane
    Jan_Shane 9 days ago

    those guys seem to be so nice

  • TechnoMulen
    TechnoMulen 9 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 9 days ago


  • James Ring
    James Ring 9 days ago

    Nice lip syncing 23:40

  • Peasnug
    Peasnug 9 days ago

    Keef jo

  • Sean Norman
    Sean Norman 9 days ago

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

  • Gamer Boi
    Gamer Boi 9 days ago +1

    Can you please do Daft Punk documentary

  • dantheman1998
    dantheman1998 9 days ago +5

    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 9 days ago

    I need a dee d Jackson documentary “automatic lover “

  • Karim Sinanovic
    Karim Sinanovic 10 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 7 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 10 days ago

    “ Bluetooth me that song “

  • Kiara Verona
    Kiara Verona 10 days ago


  • Alexey Savushkin
    Alexey Savushkin 10 days ago

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

  • Lucas Bitencourt
    Lucas Bitencourt 11 days ago +1

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

  • Sören Hagemeister
    Sören Hagemeister 11 days ago

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

  • Roux Man
    Roux Man 11 days ago

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

  • Koshteg
    Koshteg 11 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 11 days ago +18

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

    • Swiatlocien
      Swiatlocien 7 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 11 days ago +8

    When Italy was rocking the scene ✔️✔️