Plastic Bertrand – An 1 (Hot Shot Records)


Plastic Bertrand were a one-hit wonder, but that one hit – “Ca Plane Pour Moi” – is such fun punk-pop trash that I’ve always wondered if the French-speaking Belgian group recorded anything else worth listening to. With this new Hot Shot Records reissue of their 1978 debut album, An 1, I’ve finally got my answer, and here it is: While nobody could accuse Plastic Bertrand of being rocket scientists, socially important, or even musically competent, I can’t help but enjoy their gloriously brain-dead piss-take on punk insouciance. Perhaps their punky songs are just minor variations of “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, but is there anything wrong with that? In case there was any danger of Plastic Bertrand being taken seriously as punks (and there wasn’t) they peppered the album with light reggae pop (“Naif Song”) and ham-fisted ska (“Dance Dance”), which only adds to the fun. Check your brain at the door, and turn it up.

There’s two bonus cuts which are just “Ca Plane Pour Moi” (a song which, it turns out, was actually sung by Plastic Bertrand’s producer Lou Deprijck) in remixed and instrumental form, the latter just begging for karaoke usage.

Tracklisting:

1. LA PETIT TORTILLARTD

2. BAMBINO

3. NAIF-SONG

4. CA PLANE POUR MOI

5. SHA LA LA LA LEE

6. POGNON POGNON

7. DANCE, DANCE

8. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

9. POGO POGO

10. WHA! WHA! (JE SUIS UN CHIEN, NOUS SOMMES DES CHIEN, VOUS ETES DES CHIEN)

11. SOLO NAIF-SONG

12. CA PLANE POUR MOI (Instrumental)

13. CA PLANE POUR MOI (Remix)

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