"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 song premiered on Jimmy Eat World's official website, and the album Chase This Light's official new website.
The song title is taken from the name of a side project of Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins, titled Go Big Casino.
Some time after, it was added to a revamped Jimmy Eat World My Space.
On October 16, 2007 the song was physically released as a single.
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 explodes into a massive chorus." Despite giving a negative review of the album and criticizing the track's lyrical missteps, Andrew Blackie from Pop Matters called it "a decent rocker with one of the best examples of a soaring ‘emo’ chorus of the year." 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.
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.
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