Hello all, and welcome back to Tuning Thursdays, where you can kick back, imbibe your preferred libations, and plan to plan what you’ll do for the rest of the day. Last week we shared the Who and their pleading for water and random daughters in “Water.” You can view that article here.
This week, we’re bringing back to the forefront another famous band, although these guys were more of a one-hit wonder: Eiffel 65 and their smash hit, “I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee).
This is not to diminish their contribution to the music scene, but the guys haven’t had much staying power or relevancy when compared to other pop idols: Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga–you know what, can we trade in these acts for Eiffel 65? We’ll take a one-hit wonder over any of those shills.
Anyway, Eiffel 65 was–and still is, despite a brief break-up–made up of three Italian dudes: Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio Lobina, and Gabry Ponte. The trio was formed in 1992 by way of the Bliss Corporation in Turin, which also selected the group’s name by way of a computer randomization program. The song was first featured on their debut album Europop in 1999, and is noted by many for its pioneering usage of Auto-Tune and pitch correction.
It was an instant hit and reached the no. 1 spot across the globe, from Sweden to Australia. All this frenzy for a song that talked about very little of substance.
A blue guy, in a blue house, with a blue girlfriend, and so on and so forth; he’s depressed or something, yet the music video has nothing to do with anything miserable or sad, unless you count the 3ds Max-powered CGI music video and lopsided fights.
The guy does have a blue Corvette, though, so his blue job can’t be all that bad. Anyone who could’ve afforded an at-the-time $40k sports car had to have been making a good amount of green, but he should’ve thought about that before all the blue car payments.
Thanks for tuning in this week. See you next time here on Tuning Thursdays.