03 March 2012

Ca Plane Pour Moi


3 March 1979
18 years old
Melbourne
Went to Countdown, saw Plastic Bertrand. Then went to a party in Prahran (Bronwyn’s). Cheryl and I had our bags stolen or something. YUK!
[The next day: Sue R had our bags.]

I was very lucky to live in Melbourne, where Countdown was filmed. Thanks to this Australian version of Tops of the Pops, I was able to often go along and sometimes get in to a taping of the show without a (precious) ticket. Saw and met many bands this way. A few that come immediately to mind: The Police, Julian Cope, Simple Minds, The Cure (of course), Skyhooks, The Sports, Dragon, The Angels, The Reels, The Aliens, Kate Bush and Boomtown Rats. 

11 comments:

  1. You are absolutely killing me, you know? What awesome experiences you must have had there! Pretty much anything cool that happened in Detroit when I was growing, I missed. Not that there was much.

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  2. and guess what song is on the radio right now? =D

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  3. Those of us in Brisbane had to be content to watch it all on TV. Whatever happened to Monsieur Bertrand? I loved his outfit.

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    1. I don't know what he's doing, but when I did an image search to find picture for this post, I saw some of him as a mature grey haired man - still attractive!

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  4. The origin of Plastic Bertrand's big song seems kind of murky. The exact same music recording was used with different vocals for this song that was released months before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KAXvTvO0TI

    But apparently the song wasn't written by either group that released it, but by some Belgian producers? I dunno... Couldn't untangle the conflicting accounts. But the "ooh hoo hoo hoo" vocal on the Bertrand version is much catchier!

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  5. Mylene Mc SnapperMarch 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Plastic was allegedly the drummer on the record but he looked more 'New Wave' than the actual singer so they used him in the video. When he came to Australia he got interviewed on RRR and was asked about the French/Belgium punk scene and he knew less than nothing about it and claimed he only listened to Frank Sinatra.

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    1. How interesting! Thanks for the insight. He certainly did look quintessentially new wave.

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  6. In 2010, an expert appointed by a court stated that the voice of Lou Deprijck, the composer/producer of "Ça plane pour moi," on a record from 2006 is the same voice as on the original 1977 recording. "Today it appears from the report of the experts that the voice of 'Ça plane pour moi' is Lou Deprijck's voice," stated the newspaper La Dernière Heure on Monday, 26 July 2010. Plastic Bertrand previously disputed the allegation, but on 28 July 2010 the singer finally revealed that he is indeed not the singer of any of the songs in the first four albums released under the name Plastic Bertrand.

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  7. AAAANNNNNDDDD whilst i was hyperventilating about this record and waiting for it to come as an import - i earned my nickname Trum which was originally Tantrum O'Neill - because everyday I went into Rockinghorse Records to ask whether it had arrived and would throw a little tanty when told it had not yet arrived :)

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    1. OMG! What a story. I did not know that! So funny.

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