Big Casino

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"Big Casino"
Big Casino Single.png
Single by Jimmy Eat World
from the album Chase This Light
ReleasedAugust 28, 2007
GenreAlternative rock
Producer(s)Butch Vig
Jimmy Eat World singles chronology
"Big Casino"
"Always Be"

"Big Casino" is a song by American rock band Jimmy Eat World from their sixth studio album Chase This Light, which was released on October 16, 2007. The single was released on August 28, 2007; the song impacted radio on September 11, 2007.[1]


The song title is taken from the name of a side project of Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins, titled Go Big Casino.

The song premiered on Jimmy Eat World's official website, and the album Chase This Light's official new website.[2] Some time after, it was added to a revamped Jimmy Eat World MySpace. On October 16, 2007 the song was physically released as a single.

Critical reception[edit]

Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe said it wasn't as powerful as "The Middle", but gave it praise for having "a memorable guitar riff and [exploding] into a massive chorus."[3] Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone was critical of the song's use of synths but still praised it as "an exhilarating seize-what’s-left-of-the-day anthem."[4] Despite giving a negative review of the album and criticizing the track's lyrical missteps, Andrew Blackie from PopMatters called it "a decent rocker with one of the best examples of a soaring ‘emo’ chorus of the year."[5]

Music video[edit]

A screen capture from the music video

The Big Casino video was shot at the Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard in a single day (with a return for pickups at night), featuring the band playing among the yard's old billboards and casino neon signs. While the band plays during parts of the verses Jim Adkins is seen walking around parts of the yard dragging his guitar with him; as the video progresses it switches between night and day, with many of the billboards and signs being lit up, with the moon also in view.[6]

The video premiered on Yahoo October 22, 2007 [7] followed by being added to Jimmy Eat Worlds official website on October 23, 2007, and moments later was added to Jimmy Eat World's YouTube[8] and Universal Music's YouTube.[9]


Chart Peak
Billboard Canadian Hot 100 59
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 22
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3
UK Singles 119

Track list[edit]

UK 7"/CD

  1. Big Casino – 3:40
  2. Beautiful Is – 2:30

UK 7"

  1. Big Casino – 3:40
  2. Open Bar Reception – 3:54

Matt Fishel cover[edit]

In 2014, "Big Casino" was recorded by British singer Matt Fishel for his EP of cover versions, titled Cover Boy. Fishel's version of the song, produced by Fishel and Mark Crew, is more acoustic and stripped back than Jimmy Eat World's original, it is at a slower tempo and incorporates piano, acoustic and electric guitars, drums and strings, along with Fishel's layered vocals and multiple harmonies. According to Howard Stump of music blog Soundtrack To My Day, Fishel "really brings the melody to life in his version",[10] which appears as the fourth track on Fishel's Cover Boy EP, released internationally by Young Lust Records on July 14, 2014.[11][12]


  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. September 4, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Chase This Light official website". Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  3. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (October 15, 2007). "Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Hiatt, Brian (October 18, 2007). "Chase This Light : Jimmy Eat World : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Blackie, Andrew (October 15, 2007). "Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light". PopMatters. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Big Casino music video at YouTube
  7. ^ Jimmy Eat World at Yahoo
  8. ^ Jimmy Eat World at YouTube
  9. ^ Universal Music Group at YouTube
  10. ^ Stump, Howard. "Matt Fishel * Cover Boy", Soundtrack To My Day, United States, July 16, 2014. Retrieved on July 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "iTunes-Music-Matt Fishel-Cover-Boy", Retrieved on July 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "This week's new releases 14-07-2014", Official Charts Company, UK, July 14, 2014. Retrieved on July 28, 2014.

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