It has the same backing track as Plastic Bertrand's "Ça plane pour moi" because after "Jet Boy Jet Girl" was recorded, Bertrand used Motello's musicians to record his track. The producer and lyricist at RKM Publishing at the time deemed the original song's lyrics too controversial to be adapted, so Yvan Lacomblez created the stew of words that became "Ça plane pour moi' to the tune of "Jet Boy Jet Girl".
Alan Ward, the singer/songwriter behind Elton Motello, was circumspect about the song's adaptation by Plastic Bertrand. "We have all been ripped off at some point in our lives," he said in a magazine interview, "but judging by the emails I receive, my lyric has touched many more people and seems to ring a chord in many more hearts than the French one will ever do. That's why I wrote it. If I was meant to be rich it would have happened. But I am rich in the knowledge that my thoughts will never disappear."
In 1989, the FCC, acting on a complaint from activist Jack Thompson fined radio station WIOD $10,000 for allowing talk host Neil Rogers to play the song. Thompson considered the song obscene and the FCC agreed with him.
The song has been covered by numerous bands, including The Damned; Captain Sensible and The Softies and Chron Gen. The Bertrand version "Ça Plane Pour Moi" was covered by Thee Headcoatees, Leila K, Sonic Youth, Telex, and The Presidents of the United States of America. It is currently being featured in an American television commercial campaign for Pepsi. There is also a German version entitled "Bin wieder frei" performed by Benny. The original version received renewed attention when it was included on John Waters' 2007 compilation CD A Date With John Waters.