by Sean
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Hornet sign

Plastic Bertrand - "Ça plane pour moi". Jerome was at Rainbow Records, looking for Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are", when a song came over the speakers that was so sharply curved and dazzling that it boiled his blood, boiled it in his shirt-sleeves, and he loosened his tie and summoned his courage and said to the pretty girl behind the counter, no more than a kid, "What is this?" She told him it was Plastic Bertrand. He brought the single home. He put it on the turntable. He waited. He waited all the way until after dinner. As Lorna was clearing up, Jerome swaggered to the stereo and lifted the record-player needle. "Listen to this," he said to Cal and Barbara. They looked at him strangely. Their father did not often play surprise songs. "Ça plane pour moi" began, and Jerome's eyebrows were raised as high as they could go, and he was grinning dumbly, and he said, "It's Plastic Bertrand and he's singing in a made up language." Barbara and Cal rolled their eyes. They got up. They started to dance on the carpet. "It's French, dad," they said. And they knew every word. [buy]

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Posted by Sean at August 12, 2010 2:44 PM

And then the producer confessed he had sung it, and not the artist named Plastic Bertrand, and all the good memories from my youth were stained.

Posted by ijsbrand at August 12, 2010 4:18 PM

Dear StG,

You rock.

Posted by Sean at August 12, 2010 9:30 PM

Dope city.

Posted by Rob Martinez at August 13, 2010 1:50 AM

Oh gees, I used to listen to this band when I was 14. I've since completely forgotten that they existed. Thanks for nostalgia, boys!

Posted by Sarah at August 16, 2010 12:18 AM

I was at a vintage clothing shop in Austin when they were playing a slow-ish Plastic Bertrand song, and that's where I first heard of the band (I asked the clerk who was playing too). I thought the singer sounded like Dan Bejar singing in French. Then when I got home I realized I had "Ça plane pour moi" on my computer, but the voice did not sound like the voice I heard in the shop. Then recently I learned why the voices did not sound the same.

Posted by Bryce at August 16, 2010 10:30 PM

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