By Vy Nguyen
Not from your music expert, but at least from your local Big Mouth binger.
Ever since its premiere in 2017, Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s coming-of-age animated series Big Mouth has been a big hit. Greatly enjoyed among multiple age groups for its amazing truthfulness, the show follows students at the fictional Bridgeton Middle School in suburban New York as they navigate puberty, school, and relationships. While having its fair share of hilarious, awkward moments, the show also touches on serious, more sensitive issues with surprising frankness such as sex and a lot that comes with it, sexual orientation, mental health, and family trauma.
Another reason why the show leaves such a deep impression in its viewers is its crazy musical scores. While they are not always 10/10 on the musicality, the lyrics are witty, humorous, and very very real. I am definitely not a musical expert, but I still know a thing or two about music that everyone can listen to. And if you have scrolled this far, below are my top five songs in Big Mouth.
Note: There may be some spoilers. The order of the song does not reflect my preference.
Featured: Connie the Hormone Monstress (Maya Rudolph)
Episode: “Why Is It About Boobs?” (Season 2)
Context: The boys’ attention on Gina makes all the girls insecure. Missy’s mom decides to bring Missy and Jessi to a Korean spa so they get more confident about their bodies.
Why: First, it is a sample of Gloria Gaynor’s breakup anthem “I Will Survive”. Second, self-love? This song makes me want to jump up and down on my bed at 2 AM.
Notable lines: “Every nipple is a star”. “I love every single part/ Cellulite and knobby knees” “We love our body/ We want the world to know”
Featured: Maurice the Hormone Monster (Nick Kroll)
Episode: “Florida” (Season 3)
Context: Nick spends his spring break with Andrew’s family in Florida.
Why: It’s a song about Florida. And from everything that I have learned about the Florida Man, I would say this is pretty accurate.
Notable lines: “While you watch a ‘gator eat a child/ They proudly lead the nation in public masturbation”. “If there’s a low, you can duck it”. “It’s America’s glory hole”
Featured: Andrew (John Mulaney), Freddie Mercury (Brendan McCreary)
Episode: “Am I Gay?” (Season 1)
Context: Andrew’s crush on The Rock makes him question his sexuality.
Why: One, you have to admit Brendan McCreary is brilliant for this subtle Queen tribute. This is also probably the only song I would give an 11/10 for musicality. Two, Andrew ends up not being gay, but his embrace of the possibility of homosexuality is really heartwarming.
Notable line: “You’ve got style and flare, you’re loved everywhere ‘cept for North Carolina!”
Featured: Gordie (Martin Short), Ghost of Duke Ellington, Prince, Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie (Jordan Peele), Ghost of Whitney Houston (Maya Rudolph)
Episode: “Cellsea” (Season 3)
Context: Jay is obsessed with a TV show featuring a homosexual relationship. Questioning his sexuality, he turns to the Ghost of Duke Ellington in Nick’s attic for advice.
Why: Jay’s journey to becoming fully comfortable with his sexual preference is wholesome at its best. With its fun, upbeat music and positive, humorous lyrics, the song gently introduces the wide spectrum of sexuality while sending a message of encouragement and acceptance to people who are still struggling with labels.
Notable lines: “The modern world’s a sexual cornucopia”. “ We are all searching for a home to hang our boner’s hat”. “It’s logical as it’s lexical”. “Whatever horny predilection makes you wet or prompts erection, it’s all there on the spectrum of sexuality”.
Episode: “My Furry Valentine” (Season 3)
Context: This episode follows everyone at Bridgeton Middle School as they struggle with the burdens that come with Valentine. Connie sings this song at the end when Nick rejects her as his Hormone Monstress.
Why: It is just a sweet, sad, very beautiful song. Perfect for emo middle school Valentine.
Notable lines: “Love isn’t easy, it’s painful and cruel. It makes you look like an a**hole”.
Featured: Andrew and Missy (Jenny Slate)
Episode: “Requiem for a Wet Dream” (Season 1)
Context: Missy and Andrew partner up for the science fair project, both being fully aware of their feelings for each other.
Why: Don’t tell me this isn’t the most middle-school song you have ever heard. And it is a pretty accurate (though pretty disturbing and graphic) depiction of how relationships feel like back then, from the nervousness to the lovey-dovey mush.
Lyrics (the whole song is iconic; I really cannot choose my favorite lines)
“When we’re together, my inside throb like my intestines are in my heart.
I’m reduced to a trembling heap of hives and nervous farts
What’s this feeling? My organs bind and cramp.
And I nearly poop my pants every time I see ya.
Oh I feel like sh*t! This must be love.
I’m nauseous from the stress!
And I’m a gassy rashy mess.
I’ve got a boner in my chest!
Cause I’m in love.”
Honorable mention: “Sex on a Lady”, “Slut Walk”, “Sexy Red Bra”, “Who Needs A Boy”, and “Why Does Nobody Get How Great I Am”.