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

    What were the actual lyrics?

    • Turner top
      Turner top


    • Alperen Barin
      Alperen Barin

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

    • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385
      Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385

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

    • big boi
      big boi

      +forgotaboutdres accurate

    • Alperen Barin
      Alperen Barin

      II'm Blue - If I'm green, I would die - f I would be green, I would die

  • sebastien delacroix grief
    sebastien delacroix grief

    Thanks for giving me an awesome childhood with this tune

  • Keybord 24/7
    Keybord 24/7

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

  • Purple Matrix
    Purple Matrix

    yo they went in. unexpected showdown

  • Chris Buck
    Chris Buck

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

  • unsicheresgangbild

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

  • Menace Dennis
    Menace Dennis

    I swear, Jeffrey is the white Aries Spears

  • Manuel Ramos
    Manuel Ramos

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

  • TheRightsofPassage

    Too Cool.... Yeah....

  • Rafael Rojas
    Rafael Rojas

    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

    Yea they're in China.

  • Corey Maddo
    Corey Maddo

    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
    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


  • lon242

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

  • glowing'13

    Those were the most well spent 25 minutes of my life

  • mythdusterds

    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

    This was a greaaaat anthem to my childhood!

  • Ronny Nilsen
    Ronny Nilsen

    im blue if i was green i would die in Aberdeen


    One of the guys sounds like Doctor Mix.

  • Lord DV
    Lord DV

    My childhood

  • Colton Usher
    Colton Usher

    Lyric Video of Blue:

  • Colton Usher
    Colton Usher

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

  • กุ๊กไก่ รุ่งนภา
    กุ๊กไก่ รุ่งนภา

    I miss you from fanclub in Thailand.

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT
    TheBlazingReshiram YT

    Thats what it sounds like😂

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT
    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 IM BLUE

    • TheBlazingReshiram YT
      TheBlazingReshiram YT

      Read more

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT
    TheBlazingReshiram YT

    Im blue

  • TheBlazingReshiram YT
    TheBlazingReshiram YT



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

  • Soumya Paramanik
    Soumya Paramanik

    Times were simple back then

  • Darksaige

    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
    Antonieta De la Torre

    Gigi D'Agostino, please

  • Lionheart Roar
    Lionheart Roar



    Wow... amazing story!

  • scouse house
    scouse house

    tune takes me back

  • calinfus80s

    Great!!! Now i want the story of Paradisio's Bailando.

  • il postino delle cazzate
    il postino delle cazzate

    Italians be like: HAHAHAHAHA WE MADE 90's SONGS HISTORY

  • Elizabeth Herrera
    Elizabeth Herrera

    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

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

  • Robert FSociety
    Robert FSociety

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

  • kevinfitz89

    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

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

  • Marcin G.
    Marcin G.

    3:04 song please?!!

  • D-Dub !
    D-Dub !

    9:10 I want the original that’s fucking siiiiick

  • Foudre
    Foudre vogliono bene dai...

  • Sergio Perez
    Sergio Perez

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


    Chi e italiano metta like

  • Firee24 AJPW
    Firee24 AJPW

    I’m BLUe IF I WaS GREen I WOuLd DIE

  • JuniorzGT


  • Shorty2Die4

    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

    I love that song

  • Pete Fragale
    Pete Fragale

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

  • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385
    Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385


  • Edward Byard
    Edward Byard

    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

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

  • jdawg746

    story behind one of the most bizarre songs ever made lol

  • Furkan Salieh L
    Furkan Salieh L

    I looked I’m blue da at 2013.

  • Richard Hernandez
    Richard Hernandez

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

  • Diego Castillo
    Diego Castillo

    Y tuve la fortuna de verlos en vivo en i Love Dance Mexico!!! Thank you for all Eiffel 65

  • Lil_gxccii _
    Lil_gxccii _

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

  • Audio Duran
    Audio Duran

    I’m blue and with out my weed I would die without my weed I would die

  • Nickthomas1385 Nickthomas1385
    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

    Why were they not all playing together at the end

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win

    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

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

  • Pewdiepie shall win
    Pewdiepie shall win

    So it needed april fools day for people to be able to laugh at the lyrics to like the song

  • AdrianlolXD24 :3
    AdrianlolXD24 :3

    If your blue your depressed like me.

  • pappoSCWr

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

  • U Nwokorie
    U Nwokorie

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

  • AdrianlolXD24 :3
    AdrianlolXD24 :3

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

  • jacob f
    jacob f

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

  • harusaurus

    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

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

  • Jay C
    Jay C

    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

    @21:50 ID!????

    • Chris Ahn
      Chris Ahn

      Also wondering the same thing

  • fernando torres torres
    fernando torres torres

    Good story!!!

  • Nia Pogue
    Nia Pogue

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

  • Sito Saprino
    Sito Saprino

    Can you make this song as documentary movie?

  • Jan_Shane

    those guys seem to be so nice

  • TechnoMulen

    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


  • James Ring
    James Ring

    Nice lip syncing 23:40

  • Peasnug

    Keef jo

  • Sean Norman
    Sean Norman

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

  • Gamer Boi
    Gamer Boi

    Can you please do Daft Punk documentary

    • Chris Rogers
      Chris Rogers

      That would be awesome.

  • dantheman1998

    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

    I need a dee d Jackson documentary “automatic lover “

  • Karim Sinanovic
    Karim Sinanovic

    So they feuded because they didn't think Gabry made any real contribution... And Gabry ended up being the most famous

    • bapjap

      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

    “ Bluetooth me that song “

  • Kiara Verona
    Kiara Verona


  • Alexey Savushkin
    Alexey Savushkin

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

  • Lucas Bitencourt
    Lucas Bitencourt

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

  • Sören Hagemeister
    Sören Hagemeister

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

  • Roux Man
    Roux Man

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

  • Koshteg

    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

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

    • Swiatlocien

      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

    When Italy was rocking the scene ✔️✔️

  • mgmg

    aHA! KNEW it was a harmonizer!

  • Nick Dansie
    Nick Dansie

    I wa green I wou die (da ba Dee da ba die)

  • biskitz86913

    "The first time I heard the piano arpeggio I was like wow, that's beautiful - I can't wait to put a cheesy saw tooth synth and some shitty lyrics over that"