Foo Fighters – Next Year

Well…it is “Next Year” today…I hope 2022 is a great year for all of us. 

You could call this a power ballad. It sounds a little like Britpop and Dave Grohl has criticized the song…no not critize…he HATES the song but it’s one of my favorites by them.

Dave Grohl: ‘Next Year’ is a piece of shit! That song is so stupid! It’s weird.”

I like weird Dave…

The song was released in December of 2000. It was on the album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. It peaked at #14 in the US Alternative Airplay Charts, #12 in Canada, and #42 in the UK in 2000-2001. 

The video is great… it remakes the Apollo 11 mission with clips around that time. It ends with the Foo Fighters in astronaut gear similiar to this Led Zeppelin photo. 

Led Zeppelin's 25 Greatest Deep Cuts : Napster

Next Year - Wikiwand

From Wiki: The opening of “Next Year” was used as the theme song for the NBC television series Ed (2000–2004). The show’s creators, Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman (formerly of the Late Show with David Letterman) used the song despite knowledge of production company Viacom’s insistence that they own the rights to the show’s theme song. “Next Year” was thus ultimately replaced by Clem Snide’s “Moment in the Sun” during the second season. As a result of outcries from Burnett and Beckerman, however, Viacom relented and “Next Year” returned as the theme song in the third and fourth seasons.

Next Year

I’m in the sky tonight
There I can keep by your side
Watching the wide world riot
And hiding out
I’ll be coming home next year

Into the sun we climb
Climbing our wings will burn white
Everyone strapped in tight
We’ll ride it out
I’ll be coming home next year

Come on, get on, get on
Take it till life runs out
No one can find us now
Living with our heads underground

Into the night we shine
Lighting the way we glide by
Catch me if I get too high
When I come down
I’ll be coming home next year

I’m in the sky tonight
There I can keep by your side
Watching the whole world wind
Around and round
I’ll be coming home next year

Come on, get on, get on
Take it till I fall down
No one can find us now
Living with our heads underground

I’ll be coming home next year
I’ll be coming home next year
Everything’s all right up here
And if I come down
I’ll be coming home next year

Say goodbye
Say goodbye
Say goodbye
Say goodbye

I’ll be coming home next year
I’ll be coming home next year
Everything’s all right up here
And if I come down
I’ll be coming home next year
I’ll be coming home next year
I’ll be coming home next year

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