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 • 6 029

  • VICE
    VICE  3 months ago +4516

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • strawberriesxo
      strawberriesxo 8 hours ago

      am mf lmao I call anything that’s 3 years ago old 😂

    • Anthony Fandiño
      Anthony Fandiño Day ago

      Aim blú dabadí dabaday xD

    • am mf
      am mf Day ago

      @strawberriesxo Lol calling a vine old just made all of us alive and cognizant when this song came out feel ancient, thanks.

    • Mr cucumber
      Mr cucumber 2 days ago

      VICE I’m and I peed on a guy

    • Brent W
      Brent W 2 days ago

      Im blue if I was green i would die

  • Aquarius Man
    Aquarius Man 5 hours ago

    Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim should be the next documentary.

  • Rene R
    Rene R 9 hours ago

    Do Aqua - Barbie Girl

  • bmused55
    bmused55 9 hours ago

    I remember hearing this when it was brand new! I was in Germany on holiday and it had just been released. So I waiting for it to come one the radio again and recorded it. Took the track home to the UK and was the first one in my home town to have it. People stopped to listen as I played it in my car :)

  • Gnarcos
    Gnarcos 10 hours ago

    I was 5 when this song blew up and it was my first favorite song ever! This video was amazing

  • murph w
    murph w 12 hours ago

    This is the kind of shit Vice should be putting out. Content documenting modern history. Anthropogenic history. And please unblock Viceland.

  • Anthony M
    Anthony M 14 hours ago

    I'm sorry, but anyone who was impressed by this song is an idiot.

  • Mitchell Clarke
    Mitchell Clarke 16 hours ago

    seems legit

  • politica attacco
    politica attacco 20 hours ago

    So ... those are the very first people that used the autotune for the voice. I remember when this came out, it was so ugly that it gives me the same feeling today... everyone that knows a bit of music still don't understand how is possible that such terrible pieces of sounds can make those guys famous. Good that we have a documentary about this now, so if there's some younger people that hate autotune knows who's the fault is. dan din da da din da du da du da du din da da da dan dun di da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...... soooo stupid and ugly

  • Xepa
    Xepa 21 hour ago +1

    these guys walk through the streets every day. nobody recognizes them but they've probably heard the song before.

  • politica attacco
    politica attacco 21 hour ago


  • Broken Nose Media
    Broken Nose Media 22 hours ago

    Blue is the colour

  • MaestroLives
    MaestroLives Day ago

    So just to be clear... you took a melody/piano line from another artist that you could hear through the wall... and then got lucky?

  • Brandon Morrrison

    19:01 just doing a bit of the ol sneef

    KLUB RAIDER Day ago

    i will forever love this song no matter how old it gets

  • Alexandra
    Alexandra Day ago

    wow definitely a documentary I needed. 😭 I was in kindergarten when this came out and it was/is the best song ever besides Barbie Girl lol

  • Kate Walker
    Kate Walker Day ago

    Now do Rhythm Of The Night by Corona

  • Freddy Chale
    Freddy Chale Day ago

    *My nickname is BLU* this song was part if the Story!

  • nuggetsnig
    nuggetsnig Day ago

    dem jiggly tatas at 24:17

  • am mf
    am mf Day ago +1

    When I was in elementary school we had a module on the rainforest and a girl sang a song about bush babies to the tune of this song, I will always remember that. Also this was THE song to skate to at the roller rink in the late 90s.

  • david alberto
    david alberto Day ago

    If I'd made music...

  • Insider Light
    Insider Light Day ago

    To be honest it’s kind of sad gabry split up from Jeffrey and they other guy

  • norepetitivebeats

    Very catchy bum gravy.

  • metalmichew2
    metalmichew2 Day ago

    1 of april 1999, goddamn, youll be siting there like : Yeah april fools, but then it hits you, you hit the charts with an old song.

  • JoeyNice Matrix
    JoeyNice Matrix Day ago +2

    I lived in Spain in 99 through 2001 for 3 years and this song was like a tidal wave at the club. Fond memories. Thank you.

  • Mitsuo Mits
    Mitsuo Mits Day ago

    Worst thing was that I though they were actually saying sometjing and I was only hearind dabadi dadaba Hahahah I was so frustrated😂😂😂

  • Ernie Salas
    Ernie Salas Day ago

    All i still hear is "I'm blue I'm in need of a guy" 😅

  • Sarah Kreller
    Sarah Kreller Day ago

    I liked this video before I even watched it

  • Sharif Salem
    Sharif Salem Day ago

    One of the worst songs ever but a relatively interesting documentary about it.

  • kaitlin white
    kaitlin white 2 days ago

    i love this so much i want to see more documentaries on hit songs, bands, one hit wonders. not to say that this song is one. i love "move your body" and "my console" by them. but seeing other 90s tracks or oldies and how they were made would be fascinating.

  • LightningSFM
    LightningSFM 2 days ago

    omg i'm dying at Maury's comment "you're blue, like the color, so you're a smurf?"

  • Yourname942
    Yourname942 2 days ago +2

    I loved listening to their Europop cd. Still have them on Spotify

  • no1takethisname
    no1takethisname 2 days ago

    20 years later that radio host is still there? Respect

  • Michael Dolph
    Michael Dolph 2 days ago

    Vice, keep doin what yer doin. 👍

  • Marissa
    Marissa 2 days ago

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

  • Brent W
    Brent W 2 days ago

    What well made and memorable program. Nice job 👍

  • Ансар Космамбетова

    Тут есть кто знает русский?

  • Jason Swanson
    Jason Swanson 3 days ago +6

    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 3 days ago

    23:00 Real life words.

  • Paula Wolf
    Paula Wolf 3 days ago

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

  • Rich Colon
    Rich Colon 3 days ago

    I love this song

  • clarkeysam
    clarkeysam 3 days 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 3 days ago

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

  • Grimjazz25
    Grimjazz25 4 days 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 4 days ago +1

    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 4 days ago

    Vice - Do the Mortal Kombat Theme song!

  • SpiderFlashChompy
    SpiderFlashChompy 4 days ago

    I love this song

  • John Damage
    John Damage 4 days ago

    Great tunes come from melodies

  • john Jones
    john Jones 4 days ago

    worst song ever written, interesting.

  • Tiger playz
    Tiger playz 5 days ago


  • Kevin Edwards
    Kevin Edwards 5 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 5 days ago

    Ohhhhhhhhh take horse to the ol town road.

  • Laura Martin
    Laura Martin 5 days ago +4

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

    • am mf
      am mf Day ago

      Yes! This song and the smell of stale popcorn are forever linked to me.

  • Mo Hawk
    Mo Hawk 5 days ago

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

  • Dsl Dsl
    Dsl Dsl 5 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 5 days ago +44

    Vice 2012: Cannibalism

    Vice 2019: I'M BLUE DA BA DEEE

  • Gabriella Nagy
    Gabriella Nagy 5 days ago +3

    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 5 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 5 days ago +3

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

  • I find Anime Hot
    I find Anime Hot 6 days ago +1

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

  • M M
    M M 6 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 6 days ago

    It's still a hit in my family 💙

  • TurTleguy123r
    TurTleguy123r 6 days ago

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

  • 202 Fredo
    202 Fredo 7 days ago

    most iconic song of the 21st century

  • em
    em 7 days ago

    2:56 umm HELLO

  • Blake17
    Blake17 7 days ago

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

  • Dario YT
    Dario YT 7 days ago

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

  • King P
    King P 7 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 7 days ago +1

    why does this make me so happy!?

  • Mike D
    Mike D 7 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 7 days ago

    Todd in the shadows did this first, and better.

  • Becky
    Becky 7 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 8 days ago

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

  • Eric LeBlanch
    Eric LeBlanch 8 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 8 days ago


  • Bady89
    Bady89 8 days ago

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

  • Daxent
    Daxent 8 days ago

    I'm blue and i would beat off a guy

  • ckrause81
    ckrause81 8 days ago +1

    Lol one hit wonder

  • Johnny Speedy
    Johnny Speedy 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Gail Adie
    Gail Adie 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Leonardo de la Vega
    Leonardo de la Vega 9 days ago

    Metal Gear!

  • Paumonsu
    Paumonsu 9 days ago


  • x1expert1x
    x1expert1x 9 days ago

    absolute legends. Thank you vice for this, subbed.

  • Danny Motta
    Danny Motta 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Jose Saavedra
    Jose Saavedra 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Mattie V
    Mattie V 9 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 9 days ago


  • Licka
    Licka 9 days ago

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

  • Jelly Much
    Jelly Much 9 days ago

    What what in the butt documentary

  • Zach Uzzell
    Zach Uzzell 9 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 10 days ago

    he was blue and he beat off a guy

  • DoubleDee YT
    DoubleDee YT 10 days ago

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

  • Brian Shannon
    Brian Shannon 10 days ago

    13:02. I spied Godsmack. 1998!

  • Annie Lanier
    Annie Lanier 10 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 10 days ago

    I'm afraid I just blue myself.