"Ça plane pour moi" (French pronunciation: [sa plɑ̃ puʁ mwa]) is a 1977 song by Plastic Bertrand. The music was composed by Lou Deprijck. Yvan Lacomblez wrote the lyrics. Despite being credited to Plastic Bertrand, the vocals were actually performed by the record's producer Lou Deprijck. "Jet Boy, Jet Girl", an adaptation recorded in November 1977 by Elton Motello, has the same backing track. The song was covered by many artists, though Plastic Bertrand's original recording was the most successful, reaching No. 8 on the UK charts in the summer of 1978. While mainly regarded as a punk song, "Ça plane pour moi" has also been described as parody punk and as new wave.
"Ça plane pour moi" is a French idiomatic expression which is best translated as "everything's going well for me" (literally: "it is gliding for me").
"Ça plane pour moi" was conceived as a pastiche, a caricature of the punk movement. Lou Deprijck explained:
Everything started from the text of Pipou [nickname of Yves Lacomblez] which required a very staccato singing, as did, in England, the then fashionable punk singers. I only brought to the text the title, by reference to a song by Michel Delpech, Tu me fais planer. What we wanted to do was pogo-pogoing, the punk dance. A kind of pastiche. I had three simple chords, A E and D, and musicians that I had chosen to fit the bill. I did not want virtuosos but guys a little bit wild. Once in the studio, with this text and my three chords, I told them "Get by yourselves" and we did it.
The music was recorded by Mike Butcher (guitar), John Valcke (bass) and Bob Dartsch (drums), and the song was released as a B-side to "Pogo-Pogo" (another song with lyrics written by Lacomblez; both "Pogo-Pogo" and "Jet Boy, Jet Girl" had English lyrics written by Alan Ward for the Elton Motello single) which was chosen to launch the solo career of Plastic Bertrand. Due to the success of the B-side, it was decided, when re-pressing the single, to switch both sides. It took two hours to record "Ça plane pour moi" and "Pogo-Pogo".
"Ça plane pour moi" is a three-chord rocker which features nonsensical French lyrics and occasionally some English words. Steve Huey from AllMusic describes the song melody as a "four-note hook which sounds like something straight out of an early Beach Boys or Four Seasons song" that Roger Jouret (Plastic Bertrand) sings in a "dead-on falsetto". This melody is created by "mildly distorted guitars, plus a steadily pumping rhythm section and an old-time rock & roll-style saxophone" which, according to him, is "hardly used for anything other than rhythmic accompaniment". He also qualifies Jouret's voice as "cartoonish". His voice "stays in a monotone as he recites all the lyrics".
Although its lyrics are sung in French, "Ça plane pour moi" became a smash hit in several European countries, peaking at No. 19 in Austria, No. 12 in Sweden, No. 11 in Bertrand's native Belgium, No. 8 in UK, No. 6 in Germany, No. 4 in Ireland, and No. 2 in Netherlands (behind Boney M.'s "Rivers of Babylon"). It also topped the Swiss Charts for one week and the French charts for 2 consecutive weeks. In Oceania, the song peaked at No. 7 in New Zealand, and No. 2 in Australia in early January 1979.
Another version of the song was by the Belgian singer Kim Kay. It was released in 2000 on EMI as the third single and as well as the seventh track from her second studio albumHits! (2000). The song was produced by II Music.