"Big Me" is the fourth major single, released in 1996, by the Foo Fighters from their self-titled debut album Foo Fighters. 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.
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.
A version recorded at the Live Room of Studio 606 West in Northridge, Los Angeles on September 5, 2007 for Walmart's Soundcheck series was released on the Maxi CD version of the "Long Road to Ruin" single. A video version is available on the Soundcheck website.
A Muzak Version can be heard when Dave first enters the elevator in the music video for "Monkey Wrench".
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.