I just transcribed what Dave was saying as I watched the video, so if there’s any misspelled words, pardon my french.
“It was only a matter of time before we had to make a video. Which was something we were kind of inicially opposed to doing. We were like ‘ fuck that corporate fuck vh1 bullshit.’ And then, you know, how easily we were sued to do that, so…we made a video for this song called ‘Big Me’, which we got all these different treatments from different directors, like ‘ I see…a thousand fluorescent a.m. radios on a beach. The sky is pink and there’s, you know, a unicorn ‘ whatever. The song is two and a half minutes long, we read these treatments like ‘no, no, no’, and then this guy named Jesse Peretz sends us this treatment that just says ‘ you ever seen those Mentos commercials?’, that’s all it said.
We were like ‘ dude, that sounds perfect’. The song sounds like a candy commercial, this is perfect. And I remember when we were doing it, Pat, the guitar player, he goes ‘ you know that every time we play this, for the rest of our lives, people are gonna throw that fucking candy at us, every night, right?’ Noo, there’s no way they’ll do that. Sure as hell, the video comes out, first night of the tour in Denver, it’s like ‘ this song is called Big Me’ and it was like riot guns of mentos, just shooting. And those fucking things hurt, you know, they’re like rocks. Not like marshmallow candies, they’re hard. So then, we played it for, whatever, a tour, and I was like ‘ fuck this song. I don’t wanna play it if these people are gonna throw these stuff at us. So we stopped, and I mean, we stopped playing it like for ten years, I never wanted to hear that song again, hated that song.
Four years ago we were on tour in Canada, we were sitting there, I’m like ‘ you know what, it’s been ten years, let’s play Big Me. Do mentos even exist anymore, I don’t know, I haven’t seen one of those commercials in ten years.’ So I walk up on stage, we’re playing…sure as hell, someone throws us a full pack, man, right in the face too. So I stopped the song and I’m like ‘ you know what everybody, look, it’s been ten years. Enough with the mentos, they’re so 1996 or whatever. Stop it with the mentos, and you know what, let’s just all have a sort of little ceremonies, so we can lay this stupid mentos thing to rest and I’m gonna burn a pack of mentos on stage, so we can have this ritualistic ending to this. So I got my pack, I’m looking for my lighter and I’m like ‘somebody have a lighter?’ and ten thousand people threw they’re fucking lighter at my face. So if you have any mentos tonight, you can fucking shove ‘em up you ass.
This song’s called ‘Big Me’. “