Formed: 1999 in Montréal
Genre: Pop Punk
Pierre Bouvier – lead vocals
Chuck Comeau – drums & percussion
David Desrosiers – bass guitar, backing vocals
Sébastien Lefebvre – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Jeff Stinco – lead guitar
• Quadruple-platinum album: Still Not Getting Any
• Over 7 million albums sold worldwide
• Eleven Top 20 Singles
• Platinum single: “Jet Lag”
• 9 Juno Nominations, including 2 wins
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
2002: No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls
• 2x Platinum
• Singles: “Perfect” (#5), “I’d Do Anything”, “I’m Just a Kid”, “Addicted”
2004: Still Not Getting Any…
• 4x Platinum
• Singles: “Welcome to My Life” (#1), “Shut Up” (#12), “Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)” (#3), “Crazy” (#4), “Perfect World”
2008: Simple Plan
• Singles: “When I’m Gone” (#11), “Your Love Is a Lie” (#16), “Save You” (#18)
2011: Get Your Heart On!
• Singles: “Jet Lag” (#11; 37th of 2011), “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You”, “Astronaut”, “Summer Paradise” (#8; 22nd of 2012)
Bouvier, Comeau and Desrosiers were involved in a moderately-popular punk band in the 90s called Reset. For various reasons, they departed, and later hooked up with Lefebvre and Stinco who had dabbled in other bands. The five became Simple Plan in 1999.
They developed a spirited punk sound and, after writing some songs and touring, they booked studio time to record their works. A couple of members of other bands assisted them in the studio, most notably Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. The resulting album, under Lava / Atlantic / Warner, bore the rugby slogan No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, and was released in March of 2002. Single “Perfect” became a Top 5 hit in Canada. The group was able to achieve international success. Besides Canada, the album was certified double-platinum in the two most lucrative markets for music in the world: the United States and Japan. It was also a hit in the United Kingdom , Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines Singapore, and Australia. In all, the album sold over 4 million copies worldwide. They opened for Avril Lavigne during her Try to Shut Me Up tour.
High-profile Canadian producer Bob Rock was assigned to the task of producing Simple Plan’s sophomore album, Still Not Getting Any. It was the band’s most successful album at home, attaining quadruple-platinum sales. Four hit singles were released from the album. The style of the album was somewhat of a departure from their pure punk debut release, drifting over towards modern rock.
In 2006, Simple Plan received its only Juno, the fan choice award. Fans would have to wait four years before the release of their third album. In 2007, Bouvier went down to Miami, USA to meet producer Dave Fortman who had worked with Evanescence. Additional producers were Nate Hills (Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado) and Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears). Parts of the new album were recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami, and New York. The (self-titled) album came out in 2008 and spawned three hit singles, once of which the band performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The album struck platinum.
Collaborations becoming increasingly popular after the first decade of the new millennium, K’naan, Marie-Mai, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and British superstar Natasha Bedingfield were brought on board to contribute to Simple Plan’s fourth album, Get Your Heart On. The album was produced by Brian Howes (Hedley). “Jet Lag” was released in both official languages. The English version featured Bedingfield and the French version Marie-Mai. “Jet Lag” became a platinum single. “Summer Paradise” was the third most successful Canadian song of 2012, on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 at #22.
Simple Plan’s Official Site