Lou Deprijck, Belgian composer of the hit “ça plan pour moi”, has died

It is a rhythm and lyrics known to many French people and even around the world. Belgian singer and composer Lou Deprijck, who claimed authorship of the hit “ça plan pour moi” by Plastic Bertrand, died at the age of 77, his partner announced on Tuesday.

This punk-sounding hit has been covered many times, notably by the American rock groups Sonic Youth and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2006 the Coca-Cola brand chose it for an advertising campaign in Southeast Asia.

“My darling, my man… I accompanied you until your last breath as you wanted… You will be my one and last love”, wrote on Facebook Vanessa Vanderkimpen, herself an artist, specializing in imitations of Michael Jackson.

Lou Deprijck, born in 1946 in Lessines, in French-speaking Belgium, was a figure in Brussels night and party life in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a friend in particular of Grand Jojo (died in 2021), who sang “On a soif”, and the filmmaker Jan Bucquoy (“The Life of the Belgians”), willingly provocative artists like him, presenting themselves as the heirs of surrealism.

A controversy over the authorship of the tube

Lou Deprijck took over his “underpants museum”, originally opened in the center of Brussels, from Jan Bucquoy to install his collections of underwear that belonged to celebrities in his house in Lessines. Singer, composer, producer – he produced Viktor Lazlo at the end of the 1980s – Deprijck’s name remains above all ociated with the legal saga surrounding “That’s great for me”, a hit released at the end of 1977 and quickly became a global phenomenon, even used by cycling champion Pogacar last July on the Tour de France.

In 2010, based on an expert report requested by a Belgian court, Lou Deprijck claimed to be himself the interpreter of the song (which he composed) and not Plastic Bertrand. The report, underlined Deprijck, “reveals that with the sentence endings noted on the tapes, we can only attribute the voice to a Ch’ti or a Picard”.

For his part, Plastic Bertrand, whose real name is Roger Jouret, who is now 69 years old, has always opposed this in two Brussels judgments, at first instance and on appeal in 2006, designating him as the legal interpreter of the song. In its repertoire of works, Sacem (French society of authors, composers and music publishers) presents him as “performer” of the hit, Francis “Lou” Deprijck being the composer and Yves Lacomblez the author.

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