Album of the Day
No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
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; Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte's Joel Madden each appear on a track for good measure. We'll wish Simple Plan guitarist Jeff Stinco a happy birthday with another spin of NO PADS, NO HELMETS … JUST BALLS.