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

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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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21 Mar 2019

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VICE
VICE 3 meses atrás
What were the actual lyrics?
PIXELGamerz Xvlogs
I'm Blue, Da Ba Yee Da Ba Yeet
Ash bringer
Ash bringer 5 dias atrás
I'm blue if I was green i would die. I'm in need of a dye.
zsolti 05
zsolti 05 5 dias atrás
Hide the body eat the body
lyfe gang
lyfe gang 7 dias atrás
I'm blue, if I was green I would die
Bella's Amazing World- Games- Blogs- Interviews
Daba dee daba die I believe I will die
Ансар Космамбетова
Тут есть кто знает русский?
Jason Swanson
Jason Swanson 12 horas atrás
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 18 horas atrás
23:00 Real life words.
Paula Wolf
Paula Wolf 20 horas atrás
Do more music of the 90s/00s pleeeeaaaase!!!!!!
Rich Colon
Rich Colon 20 horas atrás
I love this song
clarkeysam
clarkeysam 21 hora atrás
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 Dia atrás
I used to think it is "I'm blue, I believe I will die" 😅
Grimjazz25
Grimjazz25 Dia atrás
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 Dia atrás
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 Dia atrás
Vice - Do the Mortal Kombat Theme song!
SpiderFlashChompy
I love this song
John Damage
John Damage Dia atrás
Great tunes come from melodies
john Jones
john Jones 2 dias atrás
worst song ever written, interesting.
Tiger playz
Tiger playz 2 dias atrás
IM BLUE DADEDADIDADEDADI
Kevin Edwards
Kevin Edwards 2 dias atrás
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 2 dias atrás
Ohhhhhhhhh take horse to the ol town road.
Laura Martin
Laura Martin 2 dias atrás
will forever associate with the roller rink... good memories of pixie stix and endless loops.
Mo Hawk
Mo Hawk 2 dias atrás
Nice to see the guys, who made that cool single.
Dsl Dsl
Dsl Dsl 2 dias atrás
To the end it gets from informal to gangsta :)) man it was so hard to lip sync every single day :)))
kre 1
kre 1 2 dias atrás
Vice 2012: Cannibalism Vice 2019: I'M BLUE DA BA DEEE
Gabriella Nagy
Gabriella Nagy 2 dias atrás
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 3 dias atrás
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 3 dias atrás
How'd they come up with the name Eiffel 65?
I find Anime Hot
I find Anime Hot 3 dias atrás
Music from late 90s or early 2000 are the best in my opinion
M M
M M 3 dias atrás
The end is a bit sad. But Gabri Ponte is clearly a giant, he had a huge impact.
Sepi Pepa
Sepi Pepa 3 dias atrás
It's still a hit in my family 💙
John Lloyd Villaruel
John Lloyd Villaruel 3 dias atrás
Ya same
TurTleguy123r
TurTleguy123r 3 dias atrás
Why does this exist... Why am I okay with it...
202 Fredo
202 Fredo 4 dias atrás
most iconic song of the 21st century
em
em 4 dias atrás
2:56 umm HELLO
Blake17
Blake17 4 dias atrás
Took 2 hours to write ???? hOW??
Dario YT
Dario YT 4 dias atrás
Me as an Italian/German I'm asking myself: how the fuck is their English so good???
King P
King P 4 dias atrás
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 4 dias atrás
why does this make me so happy!?
Mike D
Mike D 4 dias atrás
@ 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 5 dias atrás
Todd in the shadows did this first, and better.
Becky
Becky 5 dias atrás
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 5 dias atrás
I remembered this song. A lot of good memories for me back then
Eric LeBlanch
Eric LeBlanch 5 dias atrás
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 5 dias atrás
21:54 JUST PLAY THE SONG NOT SOME EDM SHIT
Bady89
Bady89 5 dias atrás
Can remember the time of Eifel 65 , MTV and Jamba - Thank god it´s over.
Daxent
Daxent 5 dias atrás
I'm blue and i would beat off a guy
ckrause81
ckrause81 5 dias atrás
Lol one hit wonder
Johnny Speedy
Johnny Speedy 6 dias 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 6 dias atrás
this is now 20 years ago, man i feel old!
Gail Adie
Gail Adie 6 dias 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 6 dias atrás
Awesome Documentary. Brings back really good memories! Need more of this!
Leonardo de la Vega
Leonardo de la Vega 6 dias atrás
Metal Gear!
Paumonsu
Paumonsu 6 dias atrás
Legends
x1expert1x
x1expert1x 6 dias atrás
absolute legends. Thank you vice for this, subbed.
Danny Motta
Danny Motta 6 dias 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 6 dias atrás
I’d love to get my hands on those stems!
Jose Saavedra
Jose Saavedra 6 dias 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 6 dias atrás
My family is related by Blood.. but some are BLUU CRIPs . Inside and outside ..
Mattie V
Mattie V 6 dias atrás
In the car my 10 year old nieces were singing this. I was shocked. My childhood hit me in the face lol
MyCars
MyCars 6 dias atrás
Assholes.
Licka
Licka 6 dias atrás
Europop was the soundtrack to my childhood. I love these guys.
Jelly Much
Jelly Much 7 dias atrás
What what in the butt documentary
Zach Uzzell
Zach Uzzell 7 dias 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 7 dias atrás
he was blue and he beat off a guy
DoubleDee YT
DoubleDee YT 7 dias atrás
Hey, usually I avoid Vice. But this was a pleasant documentary. Good job !
Brian Shannon
Brian Shannon 7 dias atrás
13:02. I spied Godsmack. 1998!
Annie Lanier
Annie Lanier 7 dias 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 7 dias atrás
I'm afraid I just blue myself.
Lil Draven
Lil Draven 7 dias 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 7 dias 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 7 dias atrás
Europop was a great album. I still listen to it. 🤭
R osso
R osso 7 dias atrás
It was so bad music
d1p70
d1p70 7 dias atrás
Typical one-hit wonders. Too many dot the musical landscape to merit a mention really.
RussianLearnsYou
RussianLearnsYou 7 dias atrás
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 7 dias atrás
Absolutely loved this! Thank you Vice. This brought back memories from my childhood.
Rainface Atriarch
Rainface Atriarch 7 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 7 dias atrás
cheers to living your dreams!
WickedXombieBoi
WickedXombieBoi 7 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 8 dias atrás
I'm blue I OD and I died
shelby
shelby 7 dias atrás
lmao good one
Gaichangpou Gangmei
Gaichangpou Gangmei 8 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 8 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 8 dias atrás
My Childhood.
Red 19
Red 19 8 dias atrás
This was great. I remember the days where this was cheesy. But interesting story. Many remixes followed
jerry
jerry 8 dias atrás
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 8 dias atrás
They actually were on a shitload of exotic drugs when making this
beboncio4 rod
beboncio4 rod 8 dias atrás
If you slow the dialogue down, is like listening to a mafia business meeting.
Alley
Alley 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 dias atrás
history
DRiFT Alonzo
DRiFT Alonzo 8 dias atrás
Why do I always watch this when I feel bored
Holly Milloy
Holly Milloy 8 dias atrás
MEP
tumtum821
tumtum821 9 dias atrás
Thanks for making this VICE!
Alex Espinoza Ced.
Alex Espinoza Ced. 9 dias atrás
This documentary is hella drama
The Larry Project
The Larry Project 9 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 9 dias atrás
These guys never aged.
Hershey Barber
Hershey Barber 9 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 9 dias atrás
This was my middle school jam.
Micael Sousa
Micael Sousa 9 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 9 dias atrás
I loved this song so much when I was little
Immaculate Expertise
Immaculate Expertise 10 dias atrás
This song sucks...
Ixxgxx
Ixxgxx 10 dias atrás
1999 El Salvador
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