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Plastic Bertrand
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    (February 24, 1954- )
    Born in Brussels, Belgium
    Birth name was Roger Francis Jouret
    Best known for the single ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’ (1978)
    The vocals on ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’ – and the first four albums credited to Plastic Bertrand – were actually by producer Lou Deprijck.
    The record label decided to hire Jouret to appear in public as Plastic Bertrand because Deprijck was not flamboyant enough.
    When Deprijck went public after thirty years, Jouret threatened to sue for defamation (‘He's making me out to be a crook, but I am an artist, not a crook.’), before backing down and admitting the truth.
    ’Ca Plane Pour Moi’ is one of those songs – like Nena’s ’99 Luftballons’ or Ritchie Valens’s ‘La Bamba’ – where it is best to not translate the lyrics, lest you discover how inane they actually are.
    He represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 21st out of 22 (1987).
    He attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels.
    He composed the score for the film ‘Asterix Versus Caesar.’
    ’Ca Plane Pour Moi’ was an international hit, hitting the top ten in a dozen countries, including #8 in the UK, #2 in Australia, and #1 in France.
    Deprijck said about Jouret, ‘He had an incredible charisma. He was the perfect carrier for the song. Overall, we sold eight million singles but how many would be sold without his participation?’
    Joe Strummer said, ‘By purist rules, I’m not allowed to even mention Plastic Bertrand. Yet, this record was probably a lot better than a lot of so-called punk records.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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