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The punk-pop combo known as Simple Plan are unquestionably one of the most exuberant and exciting outfits of the day. Since getting together back in 1998, the Montreal-based quintet - Pierre Bouvier: vocals; Jeff Stinco: lead guitar; David Derosiers: bass, backing vocals; Chuck Corneau: drums - has been knocking out crowds across the Great White North with storming gigs. Now Simple Plan are ready to tear up the Lower 48 with their much-anticipated Lava/Atlantic debut album. Produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, King's X), NO HELMETS NO PADS...JUST BALLS features 12 irresistible anti-anthems of adolescent alienation, each one fit to burst with unstoppable hooks, melodic punk vocalizing, and shout-it-out-loud choruses.

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You can tell a lot about a band by the company it keeps. Simple Plan's close chums include Good Charlotte and Blink 182, giving one a fair hint of the sound the group's debut, though, judging by song titles like "I’m Just a Kid," "The Worst Day Ever," and "God Must Hate Me," it’s clear these Canadian pop-punkers are aiming for a younger demographic still. Ignore the bikini-clad babes that festoon the sleeve--there’s none of Blink 182’s smutty double-entendres here. Frontman Pierre Bouvier writes about skipping school, crashing dad’s car, and lusting after girls that don’t know he exists. "Every day," he sob, "is the worst day ever." The music itself is far from glum. "I’d Do Anything" is a beaming Green Day-style chugger, while "When I’m With You" is a tale of obsession and heartbreak that owes more to the Go-Go's than Rancid. Seasoned punk fans will be put off by the excessive juvenilia, but the new wave should lap this up. --Louis Pattison

1. I'd Do Anything
2. The Worst Day Ever
3. You Don't Mean Anything
4. I'm Just A Kid
5. When I'm With You
6. Meet You There
7. Addicted
8. My Alien
9. God Must Hate Me
10. I Won't Be There
11. One Day
12. Perfect
13. Grow Up

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B000060P79
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Zibanejadrad on June 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Simple Plan is a wonderful new band straight out of Canada (yes, that's right folks, blame Canada). Powered by teen-angst lyrics, a great melody and 5 good-looking guys, what's not to love? In songs like "I'm Just a Kid", their first single off of their debut album "No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls", the lead singer, Pierre Bouvier, sings about life as a kid whose not apart of the "in-crowd". He makes the listener feel as if "Hey, so maybe I'm not the ONLY un-popular person in the world"; he relates to the listener. In more heart-felt songs, like "Perfect", he sings about the pressures that parents can sometimes place on a child. With appearences by Joel from Good Charlotte and Mark Hoppus of Blink182, this cd will probably the best thing you bought for anyone, including yourself. So, if you'e feeling sorry for yourself, or you want to listen to an up-beat song with entertaining lyrics...go buy Simple Plan's new cd.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By RG69 on November 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like Blink 182, Sum 41 or Green Day, you really can't miss with this band. A solid first album with great hooks and nice harmony. Don't expect anything real deep, but fans of pop-punk should really enjoy this. Keep an eye out for another new band called Good Charlotte
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on August 4, 2002
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Hey everyone. I got this CD about 2 and a half weeks ago. I've spun it about 55 times. I haven't gotten tired of it and I doubt I will. This is a disc that you won't want to stop listening to. There's a flow to it where the song before and after the one you're listening to relates to it somehow. I think it's great! These guys are polished musicians and the vocals are awesome. The sound is crisp but still has a live feel to it, which you need in any CD that you wanna rock out to. This album features guest appearances from members of Blink-182 and Good Charlotte. The songs tackle the areas of teen heartbreak, friendship, girl-chasing, hopelessness and just plain old teen angst. Oh.. not to mention the goofball song My Alien. My favorite tracks are the last 3, "I Won't Be There", "One Day", and "Perfect", Perfect being #1 on my list. They're songs about unsupportive parents who are unsupportive of their kid's creativity, aspirations, and free-thought. I can personally relate to them. So this is a record that reflects the everyday lives of all youth. It's an awesome CD, so pick it up either here, or at your local CD retailer. Peace Out!
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Greenbaum on October 31, 2003
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Simple Plan captures nicely--and perhaps takes to extremes--the emotion felt by adolescents on the edge of adulthood, when it seems to them that the world is falling on them, that their lives are the worst ever lived, and that they are alone and stand little chance of establishing any emotional connection with anyone. Combine that with catchy melodies, good vocals, and a nice beat, and Simple Plan has come up with a, um, simple plan for talking to the darkness and insecurity that lurks in the heart of everyone from junior high through college age, and even older.
Each of the songs takes the point of view of a lonely kid who has reached the edge of adulthood, only to find that things aren't all they were cracked up to be. It may be a kid who can't find or who has lost a girlfriend ("Addicted" or "Meet You There"), or who has entered the working world and feels the loss of childhood ("The Worst Day Ever")or whose parental relationships have frayed in bitterness ("Perfect" or "One Day"). But each kid is alone, without anyone to share his hurt, and without much ability to put his hurt into perspective, therefore such titles as "The Worst Day Ever" and "God Must Hate Me" (decried in some reviews) do sum up what the person is feeling--and what we sometimes feel in our hearts, however grown up we may happen to be.
Contains two bonus tracks from the earlier version of the CD, which are songs much more juvenile than the others, "One By One", and "Grow Up" (the character doesn't wanna).
Each song uses simple, often powerful language, to express the depression and angst. Yet, on balance, we feel that the characters are going to get past this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan Yu on April 5, 2003
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I'd Do Anything - this song is simple plan's first single .Good song, teen-ish lyrics about doing anything just to get a girl, and features Mark Hoppus for about 2 seconds. 5 of 5
The Worst Day Ever - another good song which is a good way to end I'd Do Anything. Lyrics are kinda weird, sounds like he hates his life, but the sound of the song makes it the opposite. 5 of 5
You Don't Mean Anything - One of my favorite songs on the album. Very good lyrics if you feel like making a girl understand that you dont like them. Great guitars and backing vocals by Good Charlotte. 6 of 5
I'm Just a Kid - Lyrics are eh, talks about how none of his friends wanna hang out with him. Starts off slow, then explodes into guitars. 4 of 5
When I'm With You - Eh, this song is most likely to be skipped most of the time. I dont like the guitars and the lyrics. Its an ok POP song though. 2 of 5
Meet You There - Another favorite of mine. Slow song, but GREAT singing by Pierre. He's just amazing with his voice. awesome lyrics and not much guitar but i like it. 5 of 5
Addicted - This song is Simple Plan's second single. I started cracking up because of the lyrics. ... Kind of a medium tempo song. Once again, GREAT singing by Pierre. 4 of 5
My Alien - Eh..the lyrics are kind of [bad]. Talks about how a girl relates to an alien and [stuff]. The beginning of the song is ok, starts out with a Blink 182-ish type solo, then into some good guitars. 3 of 5
God Must Hate Me - Good guitars,slow/fast song, lyrics are about how his life is coincidently always getting bad and Pierre, its not cuz God hates you. God loves everyone :)....4 of 5
I Won't Be There - Another song i would always skip.
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