Nostalgia hits differently for everyone, but for those of us who grew up in the ‘90s, the emotional return of Steve from Blue’s Clues has dusted off some long-forgotten boxes of memories. The ‘90s were a strange and wonderful time filled with brightly-colored windbreakers and endlessly rewinding VHS tapes, but it was also the golden age of kids TV. Recently, Nickelodeon has gone all out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their cutest, bluest, clue-loving dog. For a recent video, they even enlisted a classic ‘90s band to add to the nostalgia.
Ok, so “classic” may be a bit of a stretch. The band itself is the epitome of “one-hit wonder,” but boy, was it a hit. You couldn’t go anywhere in the ‘90s without your ears perking up at the sound of “Da ba dee da ba di,” and no matter where you were, you couldn’t help but bounce to the beat.
Nobody really knows what “Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65” was about, but it didn’t matter. That song freaking slapped. After what I imagine was a couple of decades of hibernation, Nickelodeon managed to coax the band out of hiding for a very special project.
What better way to breathe new life into a ‘90s classic than to bring in some ‘90s royalty? Blue the dog stars in the aptly-titled remix, “I’m Blue!” alongside all three Blue’s Clues hosts. Eiffel 65 re-recorded ruffly 30 seconds of their hit song, throwing in lines like, “and all day and all night she often likes to leave lots of clues, all around, inside and outside…” true lyrical brilliance, if you ask me.
The 30-second video is filled to the absolute brim with all things Blue’s Clues, from the dancing hosts to a kaleidoscopic montage of various characters and set staples. Magenta makes an appearance, as does the smiling side table drawer (protector of the Handy Dandy Notebook, obviously).
After more than a decade off the air, the newest Blue’s Clues iteration was recently renewed for a fourth season. Blue’s Clues & You! follows the same general premise as the original, with the addition of a new host (Josh Dela Cruz) and some wacky new characters. You can find Blue’s Clues & You! on YouTube Premium as well as various streaming apps, and of course, Nickelodeon.