This song is a guilty pleasure of mine that takes me back to childhood. It is an earworm but I can’t help but like it. The song and video are pure seventies and I like it. So put on your Keep On Trucking shirt, eat some fondue and listen to Mouth and MacNeal.
The song does have a good pop melody running through it.
Mouth & MacNeal were Willem “Mouth” Duyn and Maggie MacNeal (real name Sjoukje Van’t Spijker), a pop duo formed in the Netherlands in 1971 by Hans van Hemert, a record producer who saw the value in adding two moderately successful solo artists to make one great team.
Mouth & MacNeal broke up soon after “How Do You Do?” to go back to their respective solo careers. Willem “Mouth” Duyn passed away from a heart attack in 2004 at age 67; Maggie MacNeal went on with her solo career.
The song peaked at #8 in the Billboard 100, #1 in New Zealand, and #2 in Canada in 1972.
This is Mouth & MacNeal’s biggest claim to fame and their only hit in the US. To clear up some confusion, this song has nothing to do with Natasha Bedingfield’s 2007 “How Do You Do?” – give them both a listen, they’re completely different songs.
Mouth & MacNeal had a moderately successful career in Scandinavia and Europe, but never again charted in the US. Amongst their other notable hits were “I See a Star,” which hit #1 in Ireland, “Hey You Love,” which charted #5 in the Dutch Top 40, and “Hello-A.” They also made an appearance on the Eurovision Song Contest, once coming in third behind ABBA.
I want that hat and green vest…I mean who wouldn’t?
How Do You Do
Once I said I wanted you, I don’t remember why
I often wonder if it’s true, that you could make me cry
I only know it’s long ago, you said, I love you too
But I got one solution left, we’re gonna start anew
How do you do? mmm mmm
I thought why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can, na-na, na-na
Just like before
And you will say, na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think, na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I am living for
How do you do? hoe-hoe
Once I said I wanted you and I remember why
I often wonder if it’s true, you still can make me cry
And now it’s not so long ago, you said, I love you too
‘Cause I had one solution left and that’s to start anew
How do you do? mmm
How do you do? hoe-hoe