Album of the Day
No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls (15th Anniversary)
Montreal quintet Simple Plan may not have had an elaborate strategy for success, but it was an effective one: bash out catchy, unpretentious pop-punk. The public responded immediately - 2002 debut NO PADS, NO HELMETS … JUST BALLS sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, aided by exposure on the Vans Warped Tour and TV soundtracks. These dozen songs are irresistible fun and “Perfect” “Addicted” and “I'd Do Anything” were all U.S. Top 20 singles (though it didn't chart originally, “I'm Just A Kid” has seen a resurgence in recent weeks through use in TikTok videos); Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte's Joel Madden each appear on a track for good measure. The 15th Anniversary Tour Edition of NO PADS, NO HELMETS … JUST BALLS adds 7 bonus cuts including B-sides and live recordings.