#ThrowbackThursday: Eiffel 65May 30, 2013
In 1999 Eiffel 65 burst on the scene with “Blue (Da Ba Dee).” The infectious dance track, off their Republic Records debut Europop, sold 2 million copies and went #6 on the Billboard Singles Chart, while the album hit the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.
Formed in 1998, Eiffel 65 (Jeffrey Jey, Gabry Ponte and Maurizio Lobina) followed up “Blue” with the hits “Move Your Body,” “Too Much of Heaven,” and “Lucky (In My Life).”
Here are 7 Factoids about Eiffel 65 that you probably never pondered:
#1 – Although the name references a French landmark, Eiffel 65 are Italian.
#2 – Acomputer chose the group’s name randomly from words that the guys liked. The number 65 was mistakenly added to each pressing of “Blue”
#3 – Other names that were considered: London Bridges #46, Empire State Building 007 and Washington Monument 637-5809. Ok, that’s not true.
#4 – Eiffel 65 are pioneers in the use of pitch control and auto-tune. Although not confirmed, it is rumored that every year Lil Wayne sends Eiffel 65 a bouquet of roses.
#5 – The European-based group is still making records.
#6 – The lyrics for the song mention a blue house, blue window, blue streets and a girlfriend who is blue.
#7 – Unfortunately, there is no mention of Blue Ivy.