La brune et moi
I just now put up this little site and a tiny trailer of the French punk rock movie that I am distributing. It is a very rare film from 1979 and features all sorts of bands that you never heard of. Check it out:
It’s only in Quicktime right now. More formats to follow as soon as I figure it out. Contact me if you are interested in screening it in your town!
I was going to write a bit on P.B. but found two sites that have already handled the task and includes downloads to other versions of the song.
This site has a good quote from Joe Strummer that I can going to print and put on my wall:
I don’t like saying, “You’re a punk and you’re not.”
There was a record out there called “Ca Plane pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand, right? And I guarantee you if I had to play it for you right now you’d go, “Right! That is rockin!”
Now, if you were to say to any sort of purist punk, “This is a good punk record,” they’d get completely enraged. But Plastic Bertrand, whoever he was, 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.
Joe Strummer, The Clash
There are some downloads to some of the other cuts on the Plastic Bertrand album. And this site:
has several different versions of the songs and some clues to other ones in the comments section.
Here is another Belgian version by electronic pioneers Telex.
Telex – Ca plane pour moi
Well I left my L’encyclopedie de rock francais in Paris so I can’t look-up this band. I know nothing about them except that the lead man is called Yves Charlot and the girl singer is Sylvie and I believe they are the two most front people on the cover. The other musicians are Olivier, Francois and Jean-Philippe. Released in 1984 on Pierre Barouh’s Saravah label this is a departure from the “maison du disques”‘s usual world music faire.
It’s good synth pop, coming at the end of the silver age of French pop – 1978-1982 (this one falls out of that strict category by two years, so sue me.)
Track A – Transparent – Trista Motiv