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.