After Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, Dave Grohl started a new project called Foo Fighters; at the time he started Foo Fighters, it was a one-man project. Before Foo Fighters’ self-titled album was released in 1995, Grohl recruited three additional members to form an actual band: Nate Mendel on bass, William Goldsmith on drums, and Pat Smear on guitar.
“Big Me” was released as a single from the self-titled album. Of the songs on the album, “Big Me” was probably the most “pop friendly,” as well as focusing on a more acoustic sound in comparison to rest of the material on the album. “Big Me” is a great song, but I think what ultimately helped propel the song to the success that it had was its accompanying music video.
Back in the mid-1990s, MTV aired a lot of ads for a product called Mentos. The Mentos commercials showed someone who has a problem; however, after that person popped a Mentos in their mouth, something would happen to help get that person out of their predicament. For the “Big Me” video, some of the more well-known Mentos commercials were parodied; however, instead of Mentos, they were promoting Footos.
Personally, I’ve always thought the video was hilarious, especially with the exaggerated facial expressions that the band members and some of the actors use. Unfortunately, since the video parodies something else, the humor has become lost on younger viewers who are exposed to this video without knowledge of the original Mentos commercials. When my husband and I tried showing this video to our kids a couple of years back, they didn’t entirely get it. Unfortunately, we had to explain the joke to them; and as I think many of you know, once you have to explain a joke, it’s never going to be funny to the person you explain it to.
Oh well. “Big Me” still ranks up there as one of my personal favorite Foo Fighters songs, and I still find the video just as hilarious as when I saw it in heavy rotation on MTV back in 1996.