Comment ça va

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"Comment ça va"
Single by The Shorts
from the album Comment ça va
Released February 1983 (1983-02)
Genre pop
Length 3:27
Label EMI
Writer(s) Eddy de Heer
The Shorts singles chronology
"Comment ça va"
"Je suis, tu es"

"Comment ça va" (French for How do you do?) is a 1983 pop song by Dutch boy band The Shorts.

The song deals about a boy who meets a French girl, but they can't understand each other because they speak different languages.

It was originally written in English by Dutch composer and producer Eddy de Heer, but EMI insisted on a Dutch version. The Dutch version was released as a single, but was neglected by the official Dutch radio stations. After 10,000 singles were sold, with only airplay on pirate radio, the official radio stations started playing the song and it went to the number one spot in the Dutch Top 40. It quickly became an international hit, selling about 4 million singles, with versions in English, German, French and Spanish.[1]

Ingela "Pling" Forsman wrote lyrics in Swedish, also named "Comment ça va", which was recorded by Kikki Danielsson and released on the album Singles Bar in 1983,[2] and as a single with "Du skriver dina kärlekssånger" as B-side.[3] With her recording, Kikki Danielsson scored a hit in the Nordic region in mid 1983, peaking at #3 on the Norwegian singles chart.[4] Norwegian singer Bente Lind also recorded a Norwegian version of the song in 1983.

In Hungary it was first performed in the mid 1980s by the Fáraó Band (in Hungarian, only keeping in French the refrain: Comment ça va; Comme ci, comme ci, comme ça), then, after its high popularity by other performers as well (e.g. György Korda and Klári Balázs).

Chart performance[edit]

The Shorts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 5
Dutch Top 40[6] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 6
France[7] 2
Belgium[8] 1
Germany[9] 5
Chart (1984) Peak
France[10] 18

Kikki Danielsson[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 3

See also[edit]