Legendary Belgian singer Lou Deprijck, renowned for composing the 1970s punk hit “Ca plane pour moi,” and the iconic Pattaya, Pattaya song has passed away at the age of 77, as confirmed by his partner.
His most famous international hit, Ca plane pour moi, a lively three-minute track, which translates to “Everything’s going well for me” from French, achieved global stardom when performed by fellow Belgian musician Plastic Bertrand in 1977.
In a heartfelt message on social media, Vanessa Vanderkimpen, Deprijck’s partner, expressed her grief, saying, “My sunshine… my darling… my man, my everything. I accompanied you to your last breath as you wanted me to.”
With its catchy opening lyrics, “Wham! Bam!”, “Ca plane pour moi” explores the antics of a whisky-drinking cat, a disgruntled girlfriend, hangovers, and beer.
The song topped the charts in France, secured the eighth spot in the UK, and reached the second position in Australia. It became an iconic track in the new wave punk genre and served as inspiration for numerous cover versions, including renditions by Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, and Nouvelle Vague.
Despite Plastic Bertrand gaining fame from the song, Deprijck claimed both its composition and vocals.
The origins of this hit were entangled in controversy for years, leading to legal battles over the rights between the two artists. Plastic Bertrand, also known as Roger Jouret and now 69 years old, consistently rejected Deprijck’s claims. Ultimately, two Brussels courts ruled in favor of Plastic Bertrand, recognizing him as the “performer” of the song.
In the French society of authors, composers, and music publishers (Sacem), Plastic Bertrand is credited as the performer, while Deprijck is acknowledged as the composer.
In terms of Pattaya, nearly every Pattaya visitor has heard the catchy hit song that has become a sort of unofficial theme song for the popular tourist resort in Thailand that is known for its nightlife and entertainment.
Deprijck passed away at a hospital in Belgium following a brief illness.