“I’m blue. Dabba dee da ba da, dabba dee da ba da...” Remember this tune? Unless you were still in your mother’s womb, how could you not?! The Italian Eurodance group Eiffel 65 --composed of Gabry Ponte, Maurizio Lobina and Jeffrey Jey-- came out with their first single “Blue” in 1999. The song became a worldwide hit ranking number one in 17 countries and making it to # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Their album Europop, which came out the same year, was double platinum in the United States.
To emphasize the synthesized sounds and vocals of the song, the group released a 3D animation video in which the lead singer (Jeffrey Jey) is abducted by little blue aliens and ends up performing a concert for them on an unknown planet. Trippy? Yes. I used to associate electronic music with aliens for a while because of this video, but their blue mascot (it appeared in other videos) definitely helped Eiffel 65 stand out.
The group had a few other hits including "Move Your Body" and “Too Much Heaven” from the same album, but their success with “Blue” was never equaled.
After DJ Gabry Ponte’s departure from the group in 2005, the two remaining members decided to continue working together and renamed themselves Doom 06. They are still making music and touring.
Whether you think it’s a feel-good song or that it’s just plain annoying, there is no doubt “Blue” was a massive hit and brought worldwide attention to electronic music. And after 14 years, it's still stuck in my head. Dabba dee da ba da....