Ratings and Reviews
One of the Greatest Singles Ever
Ca plane pour moi is incredibly fun rock and roll. The guitars, the horns, the totally manic tempo, the French lyrics - Joe Strummer of the Clash also loved this song, and felt that it was more punk in its attitude than many of the more conventially punk songs of the day. "I am the king of the divan!"
I Don't Speak French...
...but I absolutely adore Ca Plane Pour Moi! The rhythm and melody are fantastically upbeat! The lyrics (that I googled) are a little bizarre, but I think French & non-French speakers will delight in this single. The other song is much weirder, so I'd stick with Ca Plane Pour Moi.
I <3 FRENCH POP! I love this song, but its the only good one by plastic bertrand
About Plastic Bertrand
Plastic Bertrand was the alias of new wave prankster Roger Jouret, a native of Belgium who appropriated the sound and style of the new wave movement in order to give it a gently satirical poke in the ribs, while scoring several European hits in the process. Jouret began his musical career as a drummer for the Belgian punk trio Hubble Bubble, which recorded one unsuccessful album. When Jouret met producer/songwriter Lou Deprijck, the two struck up a recording partnership; Jouret emphasized his pretty-boy looks and punkish fashion sense. Their first effort, "Ça Plane Pour Moi" ("This Life's for Me"), is widely regarded as a New Wave classic for its gleefully deranged stupidity, with Jouret singing French nonsense lyrics in a cartoonish voice over basic three-chord rock & roll complete with saxophones and a falsetto vocal hook straight out of the Beach Boys or Four Seasons. The song was a smash in Europe and became a cult favorite in America; Plastic Bertrand continued to release records in Europe, including a U.K. hit remake of the Small Faces' "Sha-La-La-La-Lee." Bertrand experimented with seemingly every new wave fashion, including spacy electronics, disco, bubblegum pop, reggae, and spoken word raps, all with the same naggingly entertaining stupidity. He remained popular on the European continent and in Canada for several years, where audiences were more attuned to his largely French lyrics, but the novelty eventually wore off, and nothing was heard from Bertrand after 1982. Plastic Bertrand released several albums, all of which are difficult to find; a greatest-hits collection is also floating around. ~ Steve Huey