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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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2019/03/21

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VICE
VICE 3 أشهر قبل
What were the actual lyrics?
Ash bringer
Ash bringer أيام قبل
I'm blue if I was green i would die. I'm in need of a dye.
zsolti 05
zsolti 05 أيام قبل
Hide the body eat the body
lyfe gang
lyfe gang 3 أيام قبل
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
Madison Stevenson
Madison Stevenson 6 أيام قبل
I thought it was always "I'm blue if was green I would die"
Dario YT
Dario YT 3 ساعات قبل
Me as an Italian/German I'm asking myself: how the fuck is their English so good???
King P
King P 10 ساعات قبل
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 15 ساعات قبل
why does this make me so happy!?
Mike D
Mike D 17 ساعات قبل
@ 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 19 ساعات قبل
Todd in the shadows did this first, and better.
Becky
Becky 20 ساعات قبل
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 أيام قبل
I remembered this song. A lot of good memories for me back then
Eric LeBlanch
Eric LeBlanch أيام قبل
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 أيام قبل
21:54 JUST PLAY THE SONG NOT SOME EDM SHIT
Bady89
Bady89 أيام قبل
Can remember the time of Eifel 65 , MTV and Jamba - Thank god it´s over.
Daxent
Daxent أيام قبل
I'm blue and i would beat off a guy
ckrause81
ckrause81 أيام قبل
Lol one hit wonder
Johnny Speedy
Johnny Speedy أيام قبل
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 أيام قبل
this is now 20 years ago, man i feel old!
Gail Adie
Gail Adie أيام قبل
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 2 أيام قبل
Awesome Documentary. Brings back really good memories! Need more of this!
Leonardo de la Vega
Leonardo de la Vega 2 أيام قبل
Metal Gear!
Paumonsu
Paumonsu 2 أيام قبل
Legends
x1expert1x
x1expert1x 2 أيام قبل
absolute legends. Thank you vice for this, subbed.
Danny Motta
Danny Motta 2 أيام قبل
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 2 أيام قبل
I’d love to get my hands on those stems!
Jose Saavedra
Jose Saavedra 2 أيام قبل
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 2 أيام قبل
My family is related by Blood.. but some are BLUU CRIPs . Inside and outside ..
Mattie V
Mattie V 2 أيام قبل
In the car my 10 year old nieces were singing this. I was shocked. My childhood hit me in the face lol
MyCars
MyCars 2 أيام قبل
Assholes.
Licka
Licka 2 أيام قبل
Europop was the soundtrack to my childhood. I love these guys.
Jelly Much
Jelly Much 2 أيام قبل
What what in the butt documentary
Zach Uzzell
Zach Uzzell 2 أيام قبل
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 2 أيام قبل
he was blue and he beat off a guy
DoubleDee YT
DoubleDee YT 2 أيام قبل
Hey, usually I avoid Vice. But this was a pleasant documentary. Good job !
Brian Shannon
Brian Shannon 2 أيام قبل
13:02. I spied Godsmack. 1998!
Annie Lanier
Annie Lanier 2 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
I'm afraid I just blue myself.
Lil Draven
Lil Draven 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
Europop was a great album. I still listen to it. 🤭
R osso
R osso 3 أيام قبل
It was so bad music
d1p70
d1p70 3 أيام قبل
Typical one-hit wonders. Too many dot the musical landscape to merit a mention really.
RussianLearnsYou
RussianLearnsYou 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
Absolutely loved this! Thank you Vice. This brought back memories from my childhood.
Rainface Atriarch
Rainface Atriarch 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
cheers to living your dreams!
WickedXombieBoi
WickedXombieBoi 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
I'm blue I OD and I died
shelby
shelby 3 أيام قبل
lmao good one
Gaichangpou Gangmei
Gaichangpou Gangmei 3 أيام قبل
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 3 أيام قبل
All this hype spanning 20 years from a song that was never any good, yet everyone knows it...
The Hylian Loach
The Hylian Loach 3 أيام قبل
My Childhood.
Red 19
Red 19 4 أيام قبل
This was great. I remember the days where this was cheesy. But interesting story. Many remixes followed
jerry
jerry 4 أيام قبل
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 4 أيام قبل
They actually were on a shitload of exotic drugs when making this
beboncio4 rod
beboncio4 rod 4 أيام قبل
If you slow the dialogue down, is like listening to a mafia business meeting.
Alley
Alley 4 أيام قبل
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 4 أيام قبل
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 4 أيام قبل
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 4 أيام قبل
history
DRiFT Alonzo
DRiFT Alonzo 4 أيام قبل
Why do I always watch this when I feel bored
Holly Milloy
Holly Milloy 4 أيام قبل
MEP
tumtum821
tumtum821 4 أيام قبل
Thanks for making this VICE!
Alex Espinoza Ced.
Alex Espinoza Ced. 4 أيام قبل
This documentary is hella drama
The Larry Project
The Larry Project 5 أيام قبل
YMS talked about this vid in one of his vids lol that is why I am here.
harlow jean 1975 deymonaz
harlow jean 1975 deymonaz 5 أيام قبل
I loooovvveee this song
RoyalTee
RoyalTee 5 أيام قبل
These guys never aged.
Hershey Barber
Hershey Barber 5 أيام قبل
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 5 أيام قبل
This was my middle school jam.
Micael Sousa
Micael Sousa 5 أيام قبل
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 5 أيام قبل
I loved this song so much when I was little
Immaculate Expertise
Immaculate Expertise 5 أيام قبل
This song sucks...
Ixxgxx
Ixxgxx 5 أيام قبل
1999 El Salvador
Dan Beaumont
Dan Beaumont 5 أيام قبل
How can you dedicate a whole documentary to one song one hit wonders
Gio Brembi
Gio Brembi 5 أيام قبل
Documentary of Finzi Contini please
m00nl1ghtth3c4t
m00nl1ghtth3c4t 5 أيام قبل
I wish I could have back all the happy memories this song created, well just the happiness this time of my life brought.
voteZDLR
voteZDLR 5 أيام قبل
It became a hit on "the 1st of April, 1999" so on April Fools' Day these guys lives changed forever.
voteZDLR
voteZDLR 5 أيام قبل
I used to wanna be a producer, then I realized I was always more interested in the stories behind the music and musicians, more passionate about that aspect anyway, than I was about making music itself.
Buddy Barlow
Buddy Barlow 6 أيام قبل
I still remember their playstation song
Francisco Burgos
Francisco Burgos 6 أيام قبل
One hit wonder
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki 6 أيام قبل
I’m blue if I was green I would die
Anon Ymous
Anon Ymous 6 أيام قبل
The nostalgia for late '90s/early '00s is giving me goosebumps. Man, what a time to be a teenager.
Justin Ratcliffe
Justin Ratcliffe 3 أيام قبل
Anon Ymous It really was a great time. Better than today
Swift Crawl
Swift Crawl 6 أيام قبل
Everything wrong with the 2000s in one song. Seems like this song really contributed to the wave of pop music going downhill in late 1998 with stardust, britney spears etc all just making really sub par music that lowered the standard of pop we still haven't recovered from.
itamar wand
itamar wand 6 أيام قبل
search for Gabry Ponte - Geordie. You won't regret it
Dey
Dey 6 أيام قبل
When everyone has a input 👌🏾
Think Different Music Group
Think Different Music Group 6 أيام قبل
Great Doc Vice 🙌🙌🙌
Christopher Refusal
Christopher Refusal 6 أيام قبل
Song was garbage lol
Um Ok
Um Ok 7 أيام قبل
That piano melody is fucking beautiful though like holy fuck
Trey Milton
Trey Milton 7 أيام قبل
1999 brought me here.
YSL_Flowerz
YSL_Flowerz 7 أيام قبل
im blue i will beat off a guy i will beaat off a guy
lil teca
lil teca 7 أيام قبل
lmoa idk why i expected the creepypasta story when i put this on
Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks
Cool video but I'm wondering why this is relevant in 2019 as a new video? Is eiffle 65 making a new album..... oh and I have to comment on his awful lip sycing to the autotune. Ha ha I love eifle 66 blue but the live concert is a recorded joke he lip syncs to!!
Man Named Jake
Man Named Jake 7 أيام قبل
~If I was green I would die, if I was green I would die~
Lio Dasilva
Lio Dasilva 7 أيام قبل
The movie Avatar was inspired in your song and you didn't know...
dio aditya romadoni
dio aditya romadoni 7 أيام قبل
when i was a child,, listening this song,but idk who is made and the singer or band name,,but my lips sing da ba dee.
Jordan Leshea
Jordan Leshea 7 أيام قبل
Literally their album Europop WAS MY EVERYTHING! Eiffel 65 is one of my ALLLL TIME FAVES
Eric Widder
Eric Widder 7 أيام قبل
The greatest thing about this... is that blue was the least awesome track on that record. Every song on that album is super clutch and I still blast it to this day. Where are my Eiffel fans that sing along and know all the words?
pituparanoico
pituparanoico 7 أيام قبل
too much of heaven could bring them underground :/ shame
pituparanoico
pituparanoico 7 أيام قبل
@Eric Widder probably there were already money/rights issues at the time, no? Too much of heaven was my fav track on the album. The killer makes no sound
Eric Widder
Eric Widder 7 أيام قبل
ouch yo...
Katie McLellan
Katie McLellan 8 أيام قبل
Do they just like walk off the stage after playing that song though?
Eric Widder
Eric Widder 7 أيام قبل
No they probably played the rest of the album which was tons better than blue. Look up Europop and educate yourself to the sounds of dance.
Michael Neal
Michael Neal 8 أيام قبل
That's funny. I always thought the fill lyrics were "I'm blue, if I was green I would die, if I was green I would die" makes more sense.
Darklurkr
Darklurkr 8 أيام قبل
Me at 11 I was like "secret song i loved" This song is such a pos XD
jake jhonson
jake jhonson 8 أيام قبل
ah the one hit wonders of the 90s well hopefully they dont lose all there cash on drugs and grinder hook ups
Lord Iga
Lord Iga 8 أيام قبل
all I can say is ZEN the intergalactic ninja
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