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A longtime friend of Lou’s, Eric Rie, knew a punk band Hubble Bubble whose 23-year-old drummer Roger Jouret fit the profile perfectly. Roger was fashionable and wore extravagant outfits that were tacky but picture perfect, to them it was as if he fell from the sky at the exact perfect moment in time. He sang terribly, however, most artists at the time were using playback during TV shows. Determined to get his song its due recognition, Lou Deprijck brainstormed a daring plan to form a partnership with Roger. Roger Jouret was presented as the singer of the “Ça plane pour moi”, and thus Plastic Bertrand was born. “I went to London to buy him a jacket with zippers pierced with safety pins in Malcolm McLaren’s shop, the manager of the Sex Pistols” Deprijck recalls. “When I returned from vacation, three weeks after the album’s release, he was number one everywhere. Honestly, I never thought the song would trigger such a tidal wave. Looking back, I sometimes regret it.”Plastic Bertrand made his first TV appearance on the show Rendezvous Sunday on November 6th, 1977 while Lou Deprijck was miles away basking under coconut trees on a tropical island. He never imagined the hysteria that unfolded the very next day when record stores were stormed by hysteric teenagers looking for the single and riots nearly broke out all over Europe. Within months several million copies would be sold around the world and the song reached number one in Belgium, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Australia. The punky, tongue-in-cheek novelty song even charted well in the United States, which was unheard of for a French singing artist at that time with the rare exception of Gainsbourg-Birkin’s steamy 1969 duet “Je t’aime moi non plus.”
PopeCharming wrote:Sylvia Robinson is def. on my list as a non-performer! I will get around to posting sometime this summer.
PopeCharming wrote:I ~think~ so. But I had the misfortune of visiting the Rock Hall on the same day as a massive U2 concert in Cleveland, so the Ertegun hall was packed full of people, and I wasn't always able to take as close a look at things as I would have liked.
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