Plastic Bertrand (real name Roger Jouret) was born on 24 February 1958 in Brussels, Belgium. He had a massive hit in 1977 with "Ca Plane Pour Moi" and probably remains one of the most famous Belgians to this date, even though he has now disappeared into obscurity.
He started out as a drummer in a band called the 'Bisons'. Later, while at college in 1976-77, Roger began working at a record shop to earn some extra cash. At the same time he formed the band 'Hubble Bubble' which was a very early take on Punk Rock. Although this was not what you would call a successful band, one of the final gigs caught the eye of record producer Lou Derijk.
From October 1977 onwards, Roger called himself Plastic Bertrand and was having worldwide success with his single "Ca Plane Pour Moi" (the second ever French language single in the Billboard Top 100, where it climbed up to number 39).
More information about the song can be found here :
By 1978, Plastic was a star with a sex, drugs and rock n' roll lifestyle. In a Cannes hotel he set fire to the curtains and in a New York establishment he broke everything in his room with an axe, before throwing it all out the window. In 1979 he also had a minor hit with "Tout petit la planète".
In the early Eighties he was invited to join the cast of 'Abracadabra', a musical inspired by Abba songs, along with Daniel Balavoine and Frieda. His song called 'Mon nez, Mon nez' (My nose, my nose) was set to the music of 'Money Money Money'.
By 1986, Plastic had put on so much weight that he looked like a bloated Elvis and failed to recognise himself in the mirror and things went from bad to worse when in 1987 he was called up to represent Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called 'Amour Amour'. He came second from last, which I guess is not unusual for Luxembourg but was nevertheless below what was expected from him.
In 1988 he had a hit with "Slave to the beat", which sold quite well and was one of the many 80's covers that the 'Presidents of the United States of America' used to bang out at live gigs.
In his down time Plastic cultivated his secret passion for scrabble - he recently played the world champion and won and has secured a place on the panel of the Festival of Board Games.
These days (when not scrabbling), Plastic keeps himself busy with his own art gallery, where he has hosted a show dedicated to bovine beauty. He has also relaunched himself as a record producer promoting new talent alongside classical music from the 'Russia of the Tzars' (his mother is Ukranian).
He's been stampeding along the comeback trail himself since an MTV poll voted him the pop artist most people would like to hear back on the airwaves. For a recent one-off appearance on the British TV show 'Eurotrash', Plastic joined his fellow Belgian Eddy Wally in a special duet.