Music Video Spotlight: Foo Fighters- “Big Me”

It’s clear that the Foo Fighters are currently one of the most dominant rock acts in the world.  They carry a reputation for several things:  blistering live performances, brilliant songwriting, a carefree approach to the creative process, and most notably- their iconic music videos.

“Big Me,” a song from the band’s1995 self-titled debut album, is one of the most beloved deep gems of their entire catalog.  This is mainly attributed to its hilarious music video.

The video is an all-out parody of 90s Mentos commercials, in which characters would endure some sort of problem or set-back, only to have it solved after popping in a mentos:

These commercials are parodied three times in the video- and each one includes an early Foos line-up playing essential characters.  In one, the band portrays an exceptionally strong group of painters, who lift and move a car for a woman who’s been parked in.  In another, they are shown as soccer players who become inconveniently separated by a limo.  Finally, they play themselves during a live performance- during which an aspiring young musician sneaks past security in order to play on stage with them.

In all of these scenarios, the character in peril has his or her problems solved by eating “Footos (“the fresh fighter,”)” an ingeniously-named knock off of Mentos (as well as its signature catchphrase- “the fresh maker.”)  Each problem’s solution is capitalized on with a slew of exaggerated happy faces from all involved- as shown below:

The “Big Me” video is perfect parody at its finest.  It brilliantly captures the aesthetic of vintage mentos commercials, and then accurately satirizes every little ridiculous detail.

The video’s cleverness and humor make it a staple of alternative rock history.

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Alice in Chains- “Hollow” Song Review

In 2009, Alice in Chains released “Black Gives Way to Blue,” a masterpiece that ultimately marked their comeback.  It sent shockwaves through the rock world with its powerful riffs and “no filler” consistency.  Clearly, the band was back and (arguably) better than ever.

“Hollow,” the band’s latest single, explores this newfound potential even further.

“Hollow” has everything that one would expect from an Alice in Chains song:  a bellowing Jerry Cantrell guitar riff, reverberating, harmonized dual-vocals, and hard-hitting lyrics that are free of cliché and packed full of dark imagery.

The late Layne Staley can never be replaced.  However, William Duvall has established himself as the absolute next best thing; the moment he and Cantrell mutter “turning in circles, slowing down,” it is evident that they generate a chemistry reminiscent of Alice in Chains’ 1990’s glory days.

In a world of copycat artists, Alice in Chains continue to stand as true innovators.  “Hollow” is not only a lesson in structure, it is a model of perfection.

Alice in Chains- “Hollow:” 5/5