Dave Grohl directed the video himself. At the beginning of the clip when he steps into the elevator, a lounge version of "Big Me
," from the Foo Fighters' debut album, is playing. Grohl commissioned the Muzak company, which makes such "elevator music," to create the song, but their attempt sounded too earnest and sapped the comedy from the scene.
Grohl turned to the duo Moog Cookbook for help; the electronic act released a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit
" on their 1996 debut album that Grohl loved, so he had them give "Big Me" the same treatment. Brian Kehew
, who was part of the duo, told us: "I went to the filming of 'Monkey Wrench' to deliver the song. They shot the exterior scenes at the old Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, and the interior/band scenes on the soundstage where Nirvana did 'Teen Spirit.' I believe it is Taylor Hawkins' first appearance on the drums with them."