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?

    • Cristian Everly
      Cristian Everly

      I will beat up a guy

    • shadow boy plays
      shadow boy plays

      The real lyrics is im blue da ba dee da ba da

    • Alex Suarez
      Alex Suarez


    • Valeria Lizbeth❤
      Valeria Lizbeth❤

      yeah i'm Blue da ba dee xd deer okey no 😂

    • Valeria Lizbeth❤
      Valeria Lizbeth❤


  • nardonardo _
    nardonardo _

    Are they italian?

  • w4rell

    Love this song so much, and I'm born in 1996 :)

  • Andreas Thorenfeldt Nielsen 2A Gelsted Skole
    Andreas Thorenfeldt Nielsen 2A Gelsted Skole



    One more thing. As a team you all want diff things. Make a deal with each other to keep things fair. Nobody is the leader , you all are. My partner is a brilliant producer into the real house music. From tech to deep house to whatever. Anything house music is his soul where as I’m more grime focused or Synthwave. It’s gotta be more musical for me. So we made a deal. Work on a project his way and I fully back it. Then the next song/ album is more my focus and he has to back it. We are still a team but it took us time to get this respect for each other as we have our own goals. Another idea is we are currently banging out some tech house and it’s not really my thing. I’ll do the bass and the pluck lead and maybe another. He does the bulk. Track B on the EP will be a Synthwave remix that I will do. So we are both happy. I don’t care about popular opinions and that sort of trend. I want my people who love what I produce and I’m cool with that. Find what it is you want. What is your goal? Make that happen


    Great video. I was around then and never was a big fan. Utter cheese but I rate them for sticking it out and they had a global number one and retired rich. I love videos like this. Get all those 90s acts when you can. Anyone that you can get then do it. These videos are great for producers to watch. It’s helping me a little cos I produce Synthwave and we don’t have a giant scene. This keeps me believing I should stick to my guns. It’s the genre that hits me most

  • Ivana Humpálot
    Ivana Humpálot

    I used to spank my nipples to this track.

  • Tap In
    Tap In

    This song sucks...but it’s so amazing...idk how to feel

  • michael del piano
    michael del piano


  • Ryan M
    Ryan M

    wasnt expecting much, and i got way more than i expected, and it was great.

  • Riseout

    I also really love their song "Too Much of Heaven"

  • Kholebeatz

    loved it!

  • RandomRyan09

    Wait, what is that I see? A 25 minute video with only 2 ads? *SIGN ME UP*

  • Daryl Vargas
    Daryl Vargas

    I always thought it was I would bleed I would die hahaha

  • Princess Olmeca
    Princess Olmeca

    Obla-dee, obla-dai!

  • Raffo Slash
    Raffo Slash


  • Justin F
    Justin F

    Nice to be rich

  • boris


  • AplexaS 420
    AplexaS 420

    I rememer playing Stronghold and rocking this music haha, it was in early 2k's, time flies 🤣🤣

  • CSX RF&P Guy
    CSX RF&P Guy

    For any railfans in this comment section, this song will always scream CONRAIL QUALITY!

  • Nileshwar

    I need the story behind the Darude -Sandstorm

  • Devin Brittain
    Devin Brittain

    If you listen it sounds like “I’m blue I would beat off a guy”.

  • Ruan Yuri
    Ruan Yuri

    Essa Música marcou a minha infância no fim dos anos 90. Parabéns a esses compositores que escreveram uma bela história Amei d+ viver essa época bons tempos das batidas eletrônicas dos anos 90. Tri massa

  • Gi Ro
    Gi Ro

    I don't know if you still blue but be sure you are fat bro!!

  • Todd ZiLLa
    Todd ZiLLa

    Legendary Song. Not a ton of those anymore

  • shadow boy plays
    shadow boy plays

    Can people stop making a freaking joke out of it gosh

  • Flex Sharingan
    Flex Sharingan

    Da ba dee da ba die

  • Swampdonkey69 YT
    Swampdonkey69 YT

    “Why the hell would I say 'if I was green, I would die?” Well why would you say da ba dee da ba daa lmao

  • MadiCat247

    I know who killed me

  • Muhamadkhaidar

    Nice song im like song you😀

  • Sean Monger
    Sean Monger

    Quite an interesting song.

  • BriAnne Bowers
    BriAnne Bowers

    I partied so rock star hard to this song in the late nineties early 2000's. Thank you for this 🧡🧡!!

  • Monorom K
    Monorom K

    We all know his favourite colour

  • youwerebetteroffdead

    I’m blue, I would beat off a guy, I would beat off a guy

  • The29Dave

    >inspired by Metal Gear Solid

  • CustomJ

    It was released, it was catchy, it got overplayed and then it sucked. The end.

  • Em Em
    Em Em

    Still such a bop in 2019! I was only 5 when this came out, but my siblings were much older than me so it was always on in the house 💃🏼

  • Kagiso Lekoa
    Kagiso Lekoa

    This was a very interesting documentary. I think part of the songs appeal and success was that the lyrics were sung in English with a foreign accent (Italian). It made the song feel international and universal.

  • NBD/NXT Lizard
    NBD/NXT Lizard

    i have blue haer

  • Christina Carroll
    Christina Carroll


  • Christina Carroll
    Christina Carroll

    what the.. 1:54 i do the same thing play piano and play soccer wow

  • Mr Forrest
    Mr Forrest

    So essentially 10 minutes to write these brilliant, captivating, persuasive lyrics? You don't say!

  • scott mitchell
    scott mitchell

    What cool guys ...thank you

  • naota3k

    "Overnight success takes years."

  • waffle kitten
    waffle kitten

    I'm blue I would beat off a guy I would beat off a guy

  • Ubante Garage
    Ubante Garage

    In 4th grade i did this song with 3 other friends for my talent show... Good times! LONG LIVE EIFFEL 65!

  • funcarpe ray
    funcarpe ray

    90 s is the base of dance !

  • thegemstone95

    They're clearly still upset with each other

  • BestAndCrest

    E Giordana: "che mo devo cantá badudi baduda?" povera capra

  • Héctor M. Est.
    Héctor M. Est.

    se hicieron famosos por blue, pero la verdad me gusta casi todo de su trabajo. ELLOS SON INCREÍBLES les estoy agradecido por darme una grata experiencia auditiva ... por cierto, hubo un tiempo en el que pensé que blue hacia referencia a la tristeza, pero, la primer vez pensé que era alguien cantando sobre su favoritismo sobre su color favorito sakutanoob

  • TalkingCheeseBurgerr

    Can you imagine far far into the future like 40 to 80 years, if human society is still intact, people mentioning this song still? Imagine being like 90 and you introducing this song to your grandchildren or great grandchildren.

  • Jens B
    Jens B

    Blue (Da Ba Dee) the story of how aliens kidnapped 1/3 of an italian Eurodance band. ;)

  • Sweet River
    Sweet River

    I hated this song growing up (heard it too much on the bus, like enough to make you mad) but now at least I appreciate the people behind it

  • Justin Anger
    Justin Anger

    This song was everywhere when it came out

  • Lauren Matal
    Lauren Matal

    This has so much more meaning than I thought! I remember hearing this in 6th grade! And I just thought it had zero meaning other than a euro band making some weird songs for money. I really like that the lyrics were just to prove that everyone puts their own meaning on things. That's human nature, we have to define things to understand it and when we can't we don't like it. It makes you appreciate things that you can't label and understand

  • jamie dyer
    jamie dyer

    The song animation needs remaking please

  • Serge

    I blue if i pee i well die if i pee i well die

  • xzcvr

    Holy shit this song was literally ahead of its time when it released, that’s crazy that it took a year for it to blow up.

  • jarro

    Do this with „Skibidi“

  • Flavio KS
    Flavio KS

    The definition of my childhood this song is

  • over00lord Unknown
    over00lord Unknown

    I’m part of Generation Z (Gen Z), and I loved this song on early UA-my. (This And Halo 3 Sandtrap videos)

  • Kamikaze Kid
    Kamikaze Kid

    I’m blue

  • Toni Vigus
    Toni Vigus

    Born in 1990, I loved "Blue" when it came out. Then I got the album and loved every song on it. I still have my CD in my stereo, literally listening to "Heaven" rn 😍😍 "the kill that makes no sound"

  • Mr.irrelevant___v 4
    Mr.irrelevant___v 4

    If I was mean I would cry

  • Excel57

    [Everybody Liked that]


    1000 viniles failed wt***

  • GFC Moto
    GFC Moto

    I'm blue if I pee I will cry if I pee I will cry

  • JoeyLovesTrains

    I’m blue, I believe I would die

  • JeBentMislukt

    Do this for dragonforce

  • Vera Nika
    Vera Nika

    Omg this brings back highschool memories