Plastic Bertrand (born Roger Marie François Jouret, 24 February 1954) is a Belgian musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter, best known for his 1977 international hit single "Ça plane pour moi".
In 1977, Plastic Bertrand started his solo career with the hit single "Ça plane pour moi", composed and written by the Belgian Lou Deprijck. He toured Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA, becoming one of the few French-speaking artists to appear in the Billboard chart. He also appeared on a number of major television shows, presenting Jackpot on TF1, Destination Noël on France 2, Due Per Tutti on RAI2 and Supercool on RTBF, which he also produced.
Between 1982 and 1985 he lived in Milan, and millions of Italians followed his adventures in a photo-story of which he was the star. With Daniel Balavoine and ABBA's Anni-Frid Lyngstad, he recorded Abbacadabra, a musical tale for children. In the early 1980s he appeared in movies such as Légitime Violence and the short film Baoum. Working with Vladimir Cosma, he wrote several film scores, including Astérix et la surprise de César (Asterix Versus Caesar).
In 1987 he represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Amour Amour. This failed to impress the juries, however, scoring only 4 points and placing 21st out of 22 entries.
During the 1990s Bertrand explored other facets of music, including songwriting and producing, and also recorded the album Suite Diagonal for Sony in 1994 with Jacques Lanzmann. Forming the company MMD with Pierrette Broodthaers, he produced two albums for David Janssen, an album of classic music with a Turkish contemporary influence for harpsichord and organ with Leila Pinar, an album of traditional Balkan music with the Kazansky choir, and a single for Noël Godin, Chantilly c'est parti.
Twenty years after Ça plane pour moi, Bertrand returned to the public eye as MTV declared him the "most wanted comeback artist". He made a guest appearance on the album Get Ready!, and rerecorded his 1982 song Stop ou encore, which went platinum in Belgium. A "best of" album was released in 1998 on the Universal-AMC label, Bertrand himself handling the remastering process.
Aside from a resurgence in his musical career, Plastic Bertrand made numerous guest appearances on European television, and presented the fortnightly show Duel for two seasons at RTBF. He also worked with Pierrette Broodthaers to open the "Broodthaers & Bertrand" art gallery, and worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Valenciennes and Belgian artist Jacques Charlier to produce 120 Andy Warhol-style portraits.
In 2001, Bertrand toured Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany with a series of concerts, and composed a number of new songs. He also made appearances on Channel 4's Eurotrash show and BBC2's chat show Clarkson.
In 2002, he signed a new contract and recorded his eighth album Ultra terrestre, released in Belgium in 2002. In September and November the same year, he managed the TV talent contest Star Academy on RTL-TVI.
In March 2003, to celebrate 25 years since the beginning of his successful solo career, Bertrand performed a concert at the Cirque Royal in Brussels, performing new songs and past hits with a philharmonic orchestra, and singing in duet with guest singers.
From July to September 2003, he presented the TV show Hit Story on France 3.
During his comeback, he appeared on a special 1980s edition of Le Maillon Faible, the French equivalent of Weakest Link. He won €1,150 for charity.
He appeared at the Countdown Spectacular 2 Tour from Saturday 18 August to Wednesday 5 September 2007 in all major capital cities of Australia.
In the summer of 2008, Ça plane pour moi was featured in various television promos for the popular TV series Gossip Girl.
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