Friday, November 18, 2005

"Ca Plane Pour Moi"

Most of us probably first met punk rock when the Sex Pistols and the Bromley Contingent were slouched all over a talk-show, casually outraging the bourgeoisie and causing high blood pressure in suburbia. Then we were aurally assaulted with "God Save the Queen" during the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations, and everything just grew from there.
For me, the fascination of punk stopped when this song came out. Oh yes, I was still a fan, bought countless records and rejoiced in the new freedom of expression and studied amateurism that punk ushered in. But when this song hit the charts I figured the party was over.
It's not that this is a bad song, but it's so clearly a cartoon, a Left Bank intellectual's attempt at being outrageous, that it fails to be "punk" by a margin as wide as the Channel. It's funny, for all that, to hear French street slang chanted over the top of a completely banal wall of guitars. And what self-respecting punk would ever have done that "oooo-weeeee-oooo" in the chorus?
The best part is that Plastic Bertrand isn't even French: like all the best things Francophone - Tintin, Maigret, Eddy Merckx, Front 242 - he's Belgian.

4 comments:

D-Moll said...

as Belgian as French fries. nice blog.

Evil Minx said...

As always - encapsulated in a nutshell of accuracy and insight.

And thank you for your comment on EOTOS, Londinium. Food for thought - of the comforting soul food variety. Many mnay thanks for that.

EMxxx

Deadly Female said...

I could spend all night, in fact several nights, over here at your blog - oh the memories that these songs bring back!

I'm tempted to comment on every single song - the ones I picked specifically out of your list to read individually I discovered that you had pulled out exactly the same lyrics that I would have pulled out - and I thought it was only me that had noticed!

Tonight, I must sleep, tomorrow I'll be back to read more. Definitely.

Minerva said...

Time for new post please...*grin*

*tapping fingers*

Minerva