Ça plane pour moi
"Ça plane pour moi" is a 1977 song by Plastic Bertrand, though its vocals were actually performed by Lou Deprijck, the record's producer and composer. "Jet Boy, Jet Girl", a song by Elton Motello, has the same backing track that was later used in "Ça plane pour moi".
The song has been covered by many artists, though Plastic Bertrand's original recording was the most successful, reaching No. 8 on the UK charts in the summer of 1978. +more While mainly regarded as a punk song, "Ça plane pour moi" has also been described as parody punk and as new wave. The song's name is a French idiomatic expression that is best translated as "everything's going well for me" (literally: "it is gliding for me").
"Ça plane pour moi" was conceived as a pastiche, a caricature of the punk movement. Lou Deprijck explained:
The music was recorded by Mike Butcher (guitar), John Valcke (bass) and Bob Dartsch (drums), and the song was released as a B-side to "Pogo-Pogo", which was chosen to launch the solo career of Plastic Bertrand. However, following the success of the B-side, the sides were switched when the single was repressed. +more It took two hours to record "Ça plane pour moi" and "Pogo-Pogo".
"Ça plane pour moi" is a three-chord rock song that features nonsensical French lyrics with occasional lines in English. Lou Deprijck claims that "The lyrics are a sequence of unconnected things, that a guy, who is stoned, thinks he sees". +more Steve Huey from AllMusic describes the song melody as a ". four-note hook which sounds like something straight out of an early Beach Boys or Four Seasons song" that Roger Jouret (Plastic Bertrand) sings in a "dead-on falsetto. " This melody is created by ". mildly distorted guitars, plus a steadily pumping rhythm section and an old-time rock & roll-style saxophone . hardly used for anything other than rhythmic accompaniment. " Huey also qualifies Jouret's voice as "cartoonish" and that it ". stays in a monotone as he recites all the lyrics. ".
The song was praised by Joe Strummer: "Plastic Bertrand compressed into that three minutes a bloody good record that will get any comatose person toe-tapping, you know what I mean? By purist rules, it's not allowed to even mention Plastic Bertrand. Yet, this record was probably a lot better than a lot of so-called punk records. +more".
"Ça plane pour moi" became a hit in several European countries, peaking at No. 19 in Austria, No. +more 12 in Sweden, No. 11 in Bertrand's native Belgium, No. 8 in the U. K. , No. 6 in West Germany, No. 4 in Ireland, No. 2 in the Netherlands, No. 7 in New Zealand and No. 2 in Australia. It also topped the Swiss charts for one week and the French charts for two consecutive weeks.
In the U. S. +more, the single peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat for a French-language song because only "Dominique" by The Singing Nun and "Je t'aime. moi non plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin had previously achieved such chart performance. It also peaked at No. 58 in Canada.
|Chart (1977-1979)||Peak position|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||47|
|US Cash Box||57|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||40|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||39|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||27|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||20|
Certifications and sales
Leila K version
Swedish singer and former rapper Leila K covered "Ça plane pour moi" in 1993. It was released as the second single from her first solo album, Carousel. +more The song was produced by Denniz Pop and Douglas Carr, and achieved moderate success on the charts in many European countries. It peaked at No. 6 in Finland, No. 8 in Austria, No. 13 in Germany, No. 14 in Denmark, No. 16 in Belgium and No. 17 in Switzerland. On the Eurochart Hot 100, "Ça plane pour moi" reached No. 21 in May 1993.
Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote, "The Plastic Bertrand French-language punk classic is re-styled in an electronic dance fashion à la Billy Idol. Très bien! Bonton Radio/Prague head of music Peter Kricek says that the original out of 1978 was known in his country in the communist days, but it was more of an underground thing. +more 'The people here are absolutely mad about Leila's cover, which is a powerplay at our station. Every four hours we play it. '" Alan Jones from Music Week gave it three out of five, stating that it "is transformed into technopunk by the self-proclaimed "queen of the divan" who, although better known as a rapper is in singing mode here. " He added, "The Felix mixes on the CD and 12-inch take it into trance territory. An odd combination, but likely to do well. ".
;Maxi single (Urban 861 597-2) #"Ça plane pour moi" (Short) - 3:23 #"Check the Dan" (Short) - 3:55 #"Ça plane pour moi" (Long) - 5:48 #"Check the Dan" (Long) - 6:35
|Chart (1993)||Peak position|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||21|
|Europe Dance (Music & Media)||4|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||6|
|UK Dance (Music Week)||38|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||95|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||49|
Other cover versions
In 1978, by under the title "Bin wieder frei". *In 1979, by Telex on the album Looking for Saint Tropez. +more *In 1984, by Hermann Gunnarsson under the title "Einn dans við mig" on the album Frískur og Fjörugur. *In 1992, by Sonic Youth for a compilation album. *In 1997, by Thee Headcoatees on the album Punk Girls. *In 1998, by the Presidents of the United States of America on the album Rarities. *In 2006, by Richard Thompson on the album RT- The Life and Music of Richard Thompson. *In 2006, by Pigloo under the title "Ça plane pour moi (le twist)", as the third single from the album La Banquise. It reached number 18 on the French SNEP Singles Chart and remained in the top 100 for 24 weeks. *In 2009, by Nouvelle Vague on the album 3. *In 2019, by Metallica at a concert in King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels.