"Big Me" is the fourth major single, released in 1996, by the Foo Fighters from their self-titled debut album Foo Fighters. Although it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the song became a crossover hit for the band on pop radio during the spring of 1996, when it reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.
"Big Me" was nominated for 5 VMAs in 1996, winning only "Best Group Video". The video, which parodies the Mentos ad campaign, was filmed on location in Sydney, Australia.
The song became well known for its music video, which parodies Mentos advertisements, turning them into commercials for "Footos." The concept came from director Jesse Peretz, who had originally pitched the idea to another band, and the Foo Fighters accepted as according to Grohl, "We had some difficulty finding a treatment that would suit the song, which is this short, tongue-in-cheek, ridiculously candy-coated pop tune. We didn't want to make this big, pretentious portrait video. We wanted to make fun of ourselves and the song." The video made its MTV debut on February 14, 1996, and quickly became a Buzz Bin clip.
The video's success led to many fans throwing Mentos at the band whenever they played the song live. For an extended period of time, the band did not play the song live due to this, as Grohl cited: "We did stop playing that song for a while because, honestly, it's like being stoned. Those little … things are like pebbles – they hurt." The band only started to change its mind after Weezer started performing "Big Me" during the Foozer tour both bands did together.
- CD single
- "Big Me"
- "Floaty (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)"
- "Gas Chamber (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)" (cover of a song by Angry Samoans)
- "Alone + Easy Target (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)"
- 7" White Vinyl
- "Big Me"
- "Floaty (BBC Evenning Sessions Recording)
- "Gas Chamber (BBC Evenning Sessions Recording) (cover of a song by Angry Samoans)
- Maxi CD single
- "Big Me"
- "How I Miss You" (features Dave Grohl's sister Lisa on bass and Mike Nelson on drums)
- "Ozone" (Ace Frehley cover)
- "For All the Cows" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)
- "Wattershed" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)
The song was covered by Sahara Hotnights in 2009 on their album Sparks.
After Weezer covered this song often during the 2005 Foozer tour, the band brought it back into their live lineup. It was played during the encore of their Echoes tour. An acoustic version of the song was released on the band's 2006 live CD, Skin and Bones. This version featured Dave singing the song with Petra Haden.
Canadian singer Kate Rogers covered the song on her 2005 record Seconds.
An easy listening version of the song by The Moog Cookbook was featured in the Grohl-directed video for their song "Monkey Wrench".
- ^ Peretz Has Lighthearted Approach, Billboard
- ^ Foo Fighters Make 'Big', Fresh Clip, Billboard
- ^ a b Foo Fighters Dicionary
- ^ Q&A With Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Associated Press
- ^ "Foo Fighters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Foo Fighters. Prometheus Global Media.
- ^ "The Foo Fighters And The Moog Cookbook Find Love In An Elevator". Yahoo! Music. May 20, 1997. http://music.yahoo.com/moog-cookbook/news/foo-fighters-and-the-moog-cookbook-find-love-in-an-elevator--12025546. Retrieved January 3, 2013.