Big Me

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"Big Me"
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Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Foo Fighters
Released February 25, 1996
Format CD, white vinyl (7")
Recorded October 1994
Genre Alternative rock,[1] power pop[2]
Length 2:13
Label Roswell/Capitol
Songwriter(s) Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"For All the Cows"
(1995)
"Big Me"
(1996)
"Alone + Easy Target"
(1996)
"For All the Cows"
(1995)
"Big Me"
(1996)
"Alone + Easy Target"
(1996)

"Big Me" is the fourth single by the Foo Fighters from their self-titled debut album Foo Fighters.[3] Released in the spring of 1996, the song became a crossover hit for the band on pop radio, when it reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.[4]

Music video[edit]

The song became well known for its music video, which parodies Mentos advertisements, turning them into commercials for "Footos."[5] The concept came from director Jesse Peretz, who had originally pitched the idea to another band, and the Foo Fighters accepted as according to Dave 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.[6]

"Big Me" was nominated for 5 MTV Video Music Awards at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, winning only "Best Group Video". The video, which parodies the Mentos ad campaign, was filmed on location in Sydney, Australia.

The video's success led to many fans throwing Mentos at the band whenever they played the song live.[7] 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.[8][9]

Singles[edit]

CD single
  1. "Big Me"
  2. "Floaty (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)"
  3. "Gas Chamber (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)" (Angry Samoans cover)
  4. "Alone + Easy Target (BBC Evening Session Recording 23 November 1995)"
7" White Vinyl
  1. "Big Me"
  2. "Floaty (BBC Evenning Sessions Recording 23 November 1995)
  3. "Gas Chamber (BBC Evenning Sessions Recording 23 November 1995) (Angry Samoans cover)
Maxi CD single
  1. "Big Me"
  2. "Winnebago"
  3. "How I Miss You" (features Dave Grohl's sister Lisa on bass[7] and Mike Nelson on drums)
  4. "Podunk"
  5. "Ozone" (Ace Frehley cover)
  6. "For All the Cows" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)
  7. "Wattershed" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 65
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 15
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[12] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 19
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[16] 13
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 23
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[19] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[20] 18

Other versions[edit]

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foo Fighters Play With Ben Kweller and Gary Clark Jr., Talk New Songs at Austin City Limits". 10 October 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ "REVIEW: Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear a back-to-roots moment for Dave Grohl". Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ Foo Fighters - Big Me discogs.com. Retrieved 20 April, 2013.
  4. ^ Foo Fighters - Hot 100 Airplay Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Peretz Has Lighthearted Approach, Billboard
  6. ^ Foo Fighters Make 'Big', Fresh Clip, Billboard
  7. ^ a b Foo Fighters Dictionary
  8. ^ Q&A With Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Associated Press
  9. ^ Don't Throw Mentos - Foo Fighters, Big Me Live
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2990." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9197." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Big Me". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Foo Fighters: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-03-31" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  16. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  21. ^ "The Foo Fighters And The Moog Cookbook Find Love In An Elevator". Yahoo! Music. May 20, 1997. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 

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