Plastic Bertrand

Ca Plane Pour Moi

Composed by Lou Deprijck / Yves M. Lacomblez

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Perhaps the finest bit of sheer pop insanity produced by the new wave movement, Plastic Bertrand's "Ca Plane Pour Moi" is a deliriously silly three-minute, three-chord rocker full of garbled French nonsense lyrics and a hook blatantly cribbed from the Beach Boys. The song became a Top Ten smash in the U.K. and several other European countries in 1978, although it didn't quite crack the Top 40 in the U.S. "Ca Plane Pour Moi" (which loosely translates as "This Life's for Me") was largely the brainchild of Belgian singer Roger Jouret and producer/songwriter Lou Deprijck. The only thing more relentless than its up-tempo bounce is Jouret's personality, and not just because he's so high in the mix. His cartoonish voice stays in a monotone as he recites all the lyrics, which are mostly in French, occasionally in bits of English, and make very little sense in either language. The song's only real melody is a four-note hook which sounds like something straight out of an early Beach Boys or Four Seasons song; Jouret sings it in a dead-on falsetto and throws it in often, as sort of a goofy respite from the song's main mode of goofiness. Jouret is backed by a couple of mildly distorted guitars, plus a steadily pumping rhythm section and an old-time rock & roll-style saxophone (which is hardly used for anything other than rhythmic accompaniment). It's pretty simple, but its stupidity -- from conception to performance -- is so inspired that it's well-nigh impossible not to get caught up in the song (it's an even surer thing than a first-time listener asking at some point during the song, "What is this?"). Rock & roll has a grand tradition of simple, inspired stupidity, and "Ca Plane Pour Moi" is unquestionably one of its most infectious standard-bearers.

Appears On

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