Simple Plan Side Projects
Damage Control: A reality television series hosted by Pierre Bouvier that aired on MTV.
Man Of The Hour Hour: Sebastien Lefevbre and Patrick Langlois' internet radio show.
Role Model Clothing: A clothing line operated by Bouvier, Charles-Andre "Chuck" Comeau and Langlois.
Funny how things work. Some priorities fade and while others resurface. In '95, Pierre Bouvier (vocals/bass) and Charles-André "Chuck" Comeau (drums) were in a band named Reset. The group released an album, "No Worries," and toured Canada but failed to resonate. Comeau decided that going to college was a better option. Bouvier and Reset continued releasing another album, "No Limits."
Two years into his college career Comeau launched another group. He hooked up with some high school friends, Jean-François "Jeff" Stinco (guitar) and Sébastien Lefebvre (guitar). When Bouvier and Comeau ran into each other at a Sugar Ray concert, Comeau convinced Bouvier to join his band. Reset enlisted bassist David Desrosiers to replace Bouvier but within a few months Desrosiers signed on with Simple Plan. This allowed Bouvier to focus on vocals.
Simple Plan released their debut album, "No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls" in '02. The title was a twist on a popular rugby tagline. The set had "I'd Do Anything" (featuring a vocal contribution from blink-182's Mark Hoppus), "I'm Just A Kid" and "You Don't Mean Anything" (with Good Charlotte's Joel Madden). The band hit the road that year playing more than 300 shows as a Vans Warped Tour headliner and opening act for Avril Lavigne, Green Day and Good Charlotte.
Two years later, Simple Plan unfurled "Still Not Getting Any…" While the title leads one to think they are "still not getting any sex" that didn't appear to be the complaint. Rather, despite Simple Plan's platinum success the critics generally panned the group.
Their '05 live set, "Live From The Hard Rock" (also available as the import "MTV Hard Rock Live"), logically drew material from the two previous albums.
Like a lot of groups, Simple Plan participated in a number of charity activities throughout their career. The group performed at the MTV Asia Aid benefit and supported MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), RADD (Rock Against Drinking and Driving), and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They also founded the Simple Plan Foundation.
Also common, Simple Plan created numerous music videos and nearly all of them included Patrick Langlois, a band friend and occasional business partner. But the group's video efforts neither began nor ended there. Simple Plan appeared in the flick Grindcore Massacre and provided tunes for Scooby Doo ("Grow Up"), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed ("Don't Wanna Think About You").
Simple Plan returned to the studio in '07. Starting in L.A., they returned to their native Montreal for additional recording, with mixing taking place in Miami and L.A. The finishes touches were completed in New York.
Produced by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Danjahandz and Max Martin (Avril Lavigne), "Simple Plan" containing "When I'm Gone" and "Your Love Is A Lie," landed in '08. "It's something totally different that we're trying out," said Bouvier of the effort. "You know we figured this is our third album now and we needed to try stuff... just for ourselves, to keep it fresh and fun."
2002 No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
2004 Still Not Getting Any...
2008 Simple Plan
2011 Get Your Heart On!
2016 Taking One For The Team
Anyone missing blink-182 should check out Simple Plan's "No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls." The album, comes about as close as you can get to blink's notorious edge without having to sweat copyright infringement.
"God Must Hate Me" is stuck in high school study hall hell while "I'll Do Anything" (as in I'll do anything to sleep with you) is pure lust. Preaching to the choir.
"The Worst Day Ever" is typical - down beat theme cut with uptempo music.
On "Still Not Getting Any…" the muse for the opening tracks appears to have shifted to Green Day. Further in the album there's even a more startling change as the group goes a mainstream.
"Crazy" could pass for an arena Rock ballad and the set concludes with the piano laden "Untitled." These and similar tracks aren't bad it's just that they're a little colorless when compared with what Simple Plan can do. Better to check out the Punk "Jump" and the opening cut "Shut Up!"
Simple Plan has sold out to the power-pop ballad on their self-titled album. Sure, the Punk "Take My Hand," "Generation" and (if we're being generous) the power-pop "When I'm Gone" are on target but much of the album is lost in pseudo-arena rock drivel. The sing-a-long "Your Love Is A Lie" is the best of the lot. "Time To Say Goodbye" could have fallen right out of the Bon Jovi songbook - that's a long way from where they started.