Simple Plan is a French-Canadian Pop Punk / Emo Pop band from Montréal, Québec. Formed in 1999 by Chuck Comeau (Drums), Jeff Stinco (Lead Guitar) & Sébastien Lefebvre (Guitar), with Pierre Bouvier (Vocals) & David Desrosiers (Bass) joining later on, both leaving the band Reset to do so - Ironically, Comeau & Bouvier formed Reset, and Desrosiers joined the band as Bouvier's replacement following his departure.
- No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls (2002)
- Live in Japan 2002 (2003)
- Still Not Getting Any... (2004)
- MTV Hard Rock Live (2005)
- Simple Plan (2008)
- Get Your Heart On! (2011)
- Get Your Heart On - The Second Coming! (2013)
- Taking One for the Team (2016)
Welcome to my tropes:
- Abusive Parents: The singer's father in "Perfect" is implied to have been verbally and emotionally abusive, having set impossibly high standards for his son and, judging from one set of lyrics, having said something to the singer that he can never forgive."Nothing's gonna change the things that you said.
And nothing's gonna make this right again."
- Anti-Hero: The narrator in "Me Against The World" views himself as one, combined with Hero with Bad Publicity."I'm a nightmare, a disaster
That's what they always said
I'm a lost cause, not a hero
But I'll make it on my own
I've gotta prove 'em wrong
It's me against the world!"
- Break-Up Song: "Addicted" is a pretty heartwrenching one:"How long will I be waiting?
Until the end of time?
I don't know why I'm still waiting,
I can't make you mine..."
- Broken Pedestal: From "Perfect":"I try not to think about the pain I feel inside
Did you know you used to be my hero?
All the days you spent with me now seem so far away
And it feels like you don't care anymore."
- Butt-Monkey: "God Must Hate Me" is written from the perspective of one. The narrator crashes their dad's car and forgets to study for a test, leading them to believe they've been cursed.
- The Cameo:
- Patrick Langlois, a friend of the band, in all of their music videos up to "Save You".
- Eliza Dushku, DJ Qualls, and Tony Hawk in the video for "Im Just a Kid."
- The cast of the live-action Scooby-Doo films appear as their characters in "I Don't Wanna Think About You" alongside the films CGI Scooby.
- Perez Hilton in the video for "When I'm Gone".
- David Hasselhoff in the video for "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed".
- Darker and Edgier:
- "Crazy" from Still Not Getting Any... is not about teenager angst like many of their other songs but about how the world is a harsh, bitter place where people have to sacrifice so many things to fit in society standards, divorce cases existing and also the gap between the rich and the poor being so wide.
- Their self-titled album, which actually went into much more mature themes and felt more structured as well compared to their previous two full-length albums. For example, "The End" can be said as a darker and more mature counterpart of "Addicted", both songs tell a story about damaged relationship, but the former is a song about someone making attempts of fixing said relationship, while the latter is a song about someone venting his frustrations instead of taking actions.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Perfectly Perfect" from Taking One for the Team.
- Fanservice: The video for "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed" is a Shout-Out to Baywatch, so it fittingly features the band shirtless for the majority of the video & numerous shots of women in swimsuits.
- Interspecies Romance: "My Alien" is about a guy with an alien girlfriend.
- Long-Runner Line-up: Type 1, the same line-up from 1999 to 2020. As of their twentieth anniversary, the only change to the line-up was David stepping back from touring in 2017 for two years to battle depression & focus on his mental health. Dave eventually left the band in 2020 after being accused of sexual misconduct.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Addicted" has a pretty upbeat sound, but the actual lyrics are about the heartbreaking end of a relationship."I tried to make you happy,
I did all that I could,
Just to keep you but you left anyway.."
- Multilingual Song: They released French versions of "Summer Paradise" and "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed" but they still keep the chorus in English. "Jet Lag" has four different versions, including French and Chinese.
- Mood Whiplash:
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted; David receives a similar reaction from girls to what lead singer Pierre does.
- Precision F-Strike:
What the fuck is wrong with me?
- The demo version of "I'm Just A Kid" - The album and single version replaces it with "hell"
Don't fit in with anybody
How did this happen to me?
Wide awake, I'm bored and I can't fall asleep
And every night is the worst night ever.
And did you think about me when he fucked you?
- In the unedited version of "Your Love Is A Lie" - The edited version replaces it with "touched"
Yeah, you were such an awesome fuck,
- When performing "You Suck At Love" in concert - The recorded version covers it up with a "Woah"
But you suck at love
- Safe Driving Aesop: The music video for "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)" depicts a fatal traffic collision and its aftermath, in which friends and relatives of the victim are thrown about, as if hit by a speeding car themselves, symbolizing the rippling impact of the driver's carelessness ruining the lives of more than just those directly involved.
- Self-Empowerment Anthem: The Simple Plan/State Champs/We The Kings collaboration "Where I Belong". The lyrics talk about finding a place in the world, even after being misunderstood and told not to take risks.
- The video for "I Don't Wanna Think About You" opens & closes in the same manner that every episode of 24 would, and features the band chasing the Mystery Machine. Considering the song was recorded for the soundtrack to Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, it's not as absurd as it first seems.
- "Saturday" quotes Journey's song "Don't Stop Believing".
- The video for "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed" is one to Baywatch, with the band dressed in the iconic costumes from the show & numerous shots from the show's opening titles recreated exactly.
- The entire music video to "Singing in the Rain" seems to be one towards The Beatles, as it has the band paralleling a lot of the history of The Beatles. It's set in The 60s (having a lot of fashions, set pieces, & technologies on display), there's a cover to the drums that says "The Simple Plan", the band has 2 guitarists, one bassist, & 1 drummer, the bass used is a Höfner, their first album is like the rerelease CD cases from 2009/vinyl cases, the band reaches a level of popularity similar to The Beatles, they're dressed in suits similar to The Beatles' suits from the first half of The 60s, they're performing on a stage reminiscent of The Ed Sullivan Show, there's a lot of tabloid headlines that seem to parody ones linked to The Beatles, & the band has a split like The Beatles ultimately did.
- In fact, this is the case since the music video's paying homage to That Thing You Do!, which is a period movie that takes place in the 60s post the British Invasion and has some references to The Beatles.
- Special Guest:
- Mark Hoppus on "I'd Do Anything"
- Joel Madden on "You Don't Mean Anything"
- Rivers Cuomo on "Can't Keep My Hands Off You"
- Natasha Bedingfield, Marie-Mai, Kelly Cha & Tantri of Kotak on various versions of "Jet Lag"
- K'naan, Sean Paul, MKTO & Taka of One OK Rock on various versions of "Summer Paradise"
- Alex Gaskarth on "Freaking Me Out"
- Nelly on "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed"
- Jordan Pundik on "Farewell"
- R. City on "Singing In The Rain"
- Juliet Simms on "I Dream About You"
- Trash the Set: "Addicted" features the band destroying an apartment, through the power of rock.
- "Untitled" Title: "Untitled" from Still Not Getting Any... although it was later retitled "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)" because people would Refrain from Assuming.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: "Perfect" is about a boy who fails to live up to his father's expectations, leading to a falling out between them.