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
CA PLANE POUR MOI was their first single release
from AN 1 and 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 hit in Europe and became a cult favourite in America (#39 Billboard
Hot 100) and peaked at #8 in the UK charts.
Plastic Bertrand continued to release records
in Europe, including a U.K. top 40 hit remake of the Small Faces' SHA LA LA LA
"By design or by dead-eyed accident, its absurd reductive approach acheives punk's stated intent of making all that went before sound convoluted, bloated and slow". Jim Wirth (Uncut - July 2012)