Foo Fighters – Big Me

First time I heard this I liked it. It’s a sugary pop song and I was surprised at the time that Dave Grohl the drummer for Nirvana wrote and sang it.

The song peaked at #9 on the Alternative Charts and #19 in the UK in 1996.

David Grohl wrote this and many other songs on the album when he was still the drummer for Nirvana. Kurt Cobain knew he wanted to pursue projects outside of Nirvana, and had no problem with it.

The video is a takeoff on Mentos commercials. Mentos are mint candies that come in tubes. They are made in Europe, and the commercials had a campy feel. Unfortunately for The Foo Fighters, Mentos make great projectiles and for years fans would throw the candy at them when they played this.

They stopped playing the song because of the Mentos flying at them and didn’t start playing it again until Weezer, who was touring with them started to play the song.

It won the 1996 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video.

 

From Songfacts

This song is about being dumped. Lead Foo Dave Grohl broke it down: “Girl meets boy, boy falls in love, girl tells him to f–k off!”

The Mentos commercials became a big part of pop culture in the US. In each spot, someone gets a moment of inspiration after eating a mint and is then able to overcome some obstacle. In one spot, a woman’s car is boxed in, so she gets some burly construction workers to pick it up and move it for her. In another, a kid acts like a roadie to get backstage at a concert.

The video shows the band in similar situations, solving problems with the aid of their own special candy called Foo-tos. 

This song was often covered by Weezer when the Foo Fighters and Weezer toured together in 2005. 

The Foo Fighters released an acoustic version with Petra Haden singing with Dave Grohl for their 2006 live CD Skin and Bones.

In the video for the Foo Fighters song “Monkey Wrench,” which Grohl directed, a soothing version of “Big Me” plays as elevator music. Grohl commissioned the electronic act The Moog Cookbook, which had covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to his liking, to create this rendition for the video. The full electro version of “Big Me” can be heard on the Moog Cookbook compilation album Bartell.

Big Me

When I talk about it
It carries on
Reasons only knew
When I talk about it
Aries or treasons
All renew

Big me to talk about it
I could stand to prove
If we can get around it
I know that it’s true

When I talked about it
Carried on
Reasons only knew

But it’s you I fell into

When I talk about it
It carries on
Reasons only knew
When I talk about it
Aries or treasons
All renew

Big me to talk about it
I could stand to prove
If we can get around it
I know that it’s true

Well I talked about it
Put it on
Never was it true
But it’s you I fell into

Well I talked about it
Put it on
Never was it true
But it’s you I fell into

I fell into
I fell into

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Foo Fighters – Big Me”

    1. Dave is a throwback rocker…I really like him and his music.

      Thank you…I make a habit of going off topic…it’s fine… that is worth it anyway….we have Prime so I will get it.

      Thanks again!.

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      1. I like Dave too. Throwback is a good designation for him. I don’t ever see him retiring or becoming obsolete, either.

        Enjoy the movie. It was great to see it pop up in my notifications.

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    1. Yes he makes things fun with them. I like how he asks other musicians to come and play…he had Paul McCartney play drums on one of their songs…”Sunday Rain”

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    1. Yes it is…that is why it surprised me to hear him come out with it. You know what is sad Pam? My time is so warped I thought…hey here is a newer song I can feature… 23 years later.

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  1. Love the song, love the album. Right off I have to say I liked that album more than I liked the Nirvana stuff, still do. The Foos debut is a strong candidate for my fave album by them, although I liked their first 5 I think a great deal. Was lucky to see them twice, first time was on the ‘One by One’ tour and they recorded it for a DVD. Good show, although it was very hot in a so-so venue and my girlfriend back then was a few years older than me (she did not look it) and felt out of place there… she was I think 42 at the time and figured she was the oldest person in the whole building. I also know a few people who’ve met Grohl, they all say he is as nice as he comes across on tv. Good guy, good band

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