The punk pop craze continued to sweep across US shopping malls and MTV during the early twenty-first century, owing to the emergence of acts such as Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based Simple Plan. Following in the footsteps of fellow Canadians
Sum 41, Simple Plan's roots lay in an earlier group, Reset, which included vocalist Pierre Bouvier and drummer Chuck Comeau, back in the mid-90s (when both were only 13 years old).
Despite touring with MxPx,
Ten Foot Pole, and Face To Face (as well as issuing a 1997 debut, "No Worries"), both Bouvier and Comeau left the band so they could finish their education. It was not long before their desire to play music returned, resulting in the formation of
Simple Plan soon afterwards. Rounding out the line-up were guitarists Jeff Stinco and Sebastien Lefebvre, as well as former Reset
bass player, David Desrosiers.
After building a following by playing alongside headline acts on the 2001 edition of the Vans Warped Tour, the quintet
signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
When they released their 2002 Lava Records debut, "No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls," the band more than just hit the ground running. Just inside of a year, Simple Plan crossed five continents and played more than 300 shows. Along the way, the band picked up a few hundred thousand fans, topped the Alternative New Artist Chart, kicked it on MTV TRL, scored a Gold album in home country
Canada as well as Japan, and sold out their first ever tour of Japan. Sprinkle in a few trips to the hospital, a dozen nights spent sleeping on airport floors, one tour bus in a ditch and one broken-down in the desert and the method to madness becomes clear... this band is absolutely pummeling the pavement. And that's the edited version.
Simple Plan's expertly crafted tunes are predominantly penned by Chuck and Pierre, then brought to life by the entire band.
"Jeff will come up with lots of rad guitar leads and textures," notes Pierre. "Seb is great at helping out with the arrangements, and David always has good ideas with harmonies."
"We know what kids go through, because we've been through that, and we're still going through it, so we know how hard it is." Pierre agrees. "We want kids to feel like we're talking about them and for them. It's such a good feeling to receive a letter or an e-mail from someone who relates to our songs and says 'Damn, you're singing about exactly what I feel.'"
Hit songs include --
- Welcome To My Life
- When I'm Gone
- I'd Do Anything
- Untitled (How Can This Happen To Me?)
- Your Love Is A Lie
- Don't Wanna Think About You
- Shut Up!
- Save You
- Jet Lag
- Can't Keep My Hands Off You
- Summer Paradise
Other notable songs include --
- I'm Just a Kid
- One Day
- Worst Day Ever
- I Won't Be There
- My Alien
- God Must Hate Me
- When I'm With You
- Grow Up
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