Big Me

Album: Foo Fighters (1995)
Charted: 19

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 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 that 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. Unfortunately for The Foo Fighters, Mentos make great projectiles and for years fans would throw the candy at them when they played this. It won the 1996 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video.
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - Chicago, IL
  • This song was often covered by Weezer when the Foo Fighters and Weezer toured together in 2005. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2

Comments: 14

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlFOOTOS!!! lol I love Dave's braids in the video!:)
  • Ben from Ocean City, Nj"For the Fresh Fighter"
    xD
  • Tracy from Tulsa, OkIs it just me, or is this song kinda "Beatle"- ish?
  • Tracy from Tulsa, OkSeriously, Dave isn't happy unless he is laughing. He seeks humor in everything. SO not gay. REALLY folks?!

    You must not get his fun, sarcastiic sense of humor.
  • Brian from Vancouver, Canadathis aint about gay stuff, dave grohls married and has kids
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Pai like the melody
  • Georgina from Laredo, TxThe Foofighters stop singing Big me at there concert. Cuz of all the mentos the fans were thowing.... dave grohl said those things hit pretty hard...
  • Joe from Lockport, IlNo, Dave wasn't gay, he was just goofing off. (He wore a bra in the Hollywood Rock concert he did with Nirvana.)
  • Ralph from Newton, MaActually, just having read, (very quickly), the entire lyrics to "Monkey Wrench" for the first time, the whole thing seems a little (or more) homosexual.

    Anyone?
  • Ralph from Newton, MaSpeaking of Dave making a "feminine appearance" does the "one in ten" line in Monkey Wrench have anything to do with homosexuallity?

    Also on this topic, is there anywhere on this site to request info on songs they don't have?
  • Dan from Sydney, Australiafootos, the fresh fighter. quality song
  • Ash from Charleston, WvThis video is still hilarious, even after seeing it about a hundred times. The band members' reactions are just so wonderfully exaggerated.
  • Adam from Sussex, EnglandThis is just one of several videos where Dave Grohl makes a more... feminine appearance. He has plaits in this one, has dressed as a girl (and a plethora of other people) in Learn to Fly, and of course, in the video to In Bloom by Nirvana the alter-egos were in dresses.
  • Mark from Chicago, IlThis song was written by Dave while Nirvana was still together. Dave never presented it because he was afraid it would ruin the bands awesome chemistry. This is a fact!!!!
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