Rubettes return with the Christmas hit they never had

PUBLISHED: 15:19 30 November 2015

The Rubettes Featuring Alan Williams

The Rubettes Featuring Alan Williams


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the nights get darker, gifts are being bought and the radio is full of classic hits.

One of the bands hoping to fill the airwaves with festive cheer is 70s glamrock band The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams.

The band, best known for bubblegum pop hit Sugar Baby Love, have released their first Christmas single.

The song, called Plastic Christmas, is their adaptation of ’70s hit Ça Plane Pour Moi, a classic hit by cult French musician Plastic Bertrand.

Band members Mick Clarke and John Richardson are hoping that the Christmas song will revive the country’s nostalgia for the band.

Drummer and vocalist John, who lives in Hornchurch, said the band was making up for lost time.

John said: “We can’t believe that we missed out on recording a Christmas single in the seventies!

“Unlike Slade and Mud, we never got round to it, and now our music has been missing from the airwaves!

“The funny thing is, we didn’t actually plan to record a Christmas single, it just happened.

“We were jamming in the studio whilst rehearsing for the tour and Alan suggested that we record a tribute for Bertrand.

“We recorded the song in 10 minutes and later Alan tells me it’s being released as a Christmas single!”

The band chose the song to record after Plastic Bertrand admitted to Rubettes singer Alan Williams that he had taken some inspiration from the band originally.

Alan said: “Why pinch somebody else’s song?

“Well Plastic Bertrand himself once admitted to me that he pinched the idea for the high vocal part in Ça Plane Pour Moi from the Rubettes.

“Fair exchange, I say.”

In the 1970s, The Rubettes toured the globe and sold 30 million records worldwide.

Currently they are part of the Glitz Blitz & 70s Hitz tour with rock band Sweet and Mud 2, the former backing band of singer Les Gray.

The Rubettes bass player and vocalist Mick Clarke, who also lives in Hornchurch, said the Christmas hit was proving popular on the tour.

Mick said: “It’s such a simple song to perform as it’s only three chords but people have been enjoying it.

“It’s always such a big time of the year and we still can’t believe that we never released a Christmas song!

“We were in Portsmouth last night and it’s always difficult playing a new song to a crowd but they really enjoyed our version!”

Hear Plastic Christmas at Check where The Rubettes will be performing by visiting

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