Simple Plan Unleash Monster (Single) For 'Scooby-Doo 2'

Group still can't lure Alicia Silverstone onto set of its video.

Any old-school Saturday-morning cartoon fan worth their weight in Scooby snacks knows that Casey Kasem voiced the Shaggy character in the original "Scooby-Doo" TV series. Although the guys in Simple Plan watched the show religiously for years, they weren't aware of this. And they really can't be blamed.

"We were in Quebec, where people speak French, so we never heard it in English," guitarist Jeff Stinco said. "We had our own French[-speaking] TV personalities overdubbing over these people, so we lacked the knowledge of who was doing the real voices."

Simple Plan's devotion to Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Scoob goes deeper than that of the average trivia-wielding fan. They love the show so much that they submitted a previously unreleased song for the first "Scooby-Doo" movie soundtrack. "Grow Up" was accepted, and appeared alongside tracks by Outkast, MxPx, Shaggy, Kylie Minogue and others. Even so, Simple Plan were surprised and delighted to be called out of the blue to write the lead track for the movie's sequel, "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," which opened Friday.

In order to make the soundtrack deadline, Simple Plan had to zip around like a cartoon character who has consumed a bottle of Tabasco sauce. "Don't Wanna Think About You" was written quickly while the band was on the road and recorded in Atlanta two days later with producer Butch Walker. "That’s why it has that live feel to it," Stinco said. "It was a fast-paced process and it worked out good for us. We like that element of freshness."

For Stinco, "Don't Wanna Think About You" was a signpost for the band's upcoming second album, which will be less polished than its 2002 LP, No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls. "It will be a little closer to our live sound," Stinco said. "Also, we're gonna bring some new elements to the table and write things that are a little more dynamic, but still intensely melodic."

The video for "Don't Wanna Think About You," which was directed by Smith N' Borin, depicts the band racing around the city trying to catch the Scooby-Doo van. Stinco was stoked to do the shoot because he thought he'd get to hang out with the cast of the film. He was especially eager to rub elbows with Alicia Silverstone, who plays a reporter named Heather. But alas, the encounter never happened.

"I don't think those guys are big Simple Plan fans," shrugged Stinco. "I tried everything to get Alicia Silverstone on the set. We asked if she could come by and say hi to the camera, just for a second, but no luck."