— LATEST ALBUM Europop
— REASON YOU’VE NOTICED THEM “Blue (Da Ba Dee),” their vocoder-enhanced dance smash about stuff that’s blue. Or a guy who’s blue. Or something.
— HOW THEY’D DESCRIBE THEIR SOUND IF THEY WERE MUSIC CRITICS “It’s a fortunate crossover between dance and European pop,” says singer Jeffrey Jey (the other Eiffels are keyboardist Maurizio Lobina and DJ Gabry Ponte).
— HOW WE DESCRIBE THEIR SOUND Cher’s “Believe” meets Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).”
— TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC People who loved “Barbie Girl” but are, you know, so much more mature now.
— FASHION SENSE Hair gel
— TRIUMPHANT TALE OF HOW THEY BEAT THE ODDS “A lot of European pop bands are very, very famous in Europe but never get to the U.S.,” says Jey. “They have a style that Europeans are used to. But you can’t give us a tag. Our music unites different European cultures, but it doesn’t say, ‘We’re European and that’s it.’ This is pop, so it’s getting into everybody’s head.”
— IF THEY WERE BREAKFAST CEREAL THEY WOULD BE Corn Pops
— STOCK QUOTE ON THE PITFALLS OF FAME “The thing that destroys you as a famous musician is traveling,” says Jey. “People think it’s really nice, but let me tell you, eight months on the road is a long time.”
— INSTANT CHARISMA RATING (OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5) 2
— FUNKY FACT No, young linguists, “Da Ba Dee” isn’t “blue” in Italian. “It doesn’t mean anything, actually,” says Jey. “It’s a new way of saying ‘la, la, la’ or ‘na, na, na,’ you know?”
— ARTISTS WHO NEVER LEAVE THE TOUR BUS TAPE PLAYER Depeche Mode, U2, DMX, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube
— WHAT’S NEXT “We don’t know what the next single will be in the U.S.,” says Jey. “But ‘Move Your Body’ is out in Europe and it seems to be working out pretty good.”