Manic Monday

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Manic Monday

Differentlight album.jpg
from the album Different Light
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single art for Manic Monday
Song details
Performer: The Bangles
First Released: 23 December 1985 - Manic Monday single
Album(s): Different Light
Writer(s): Prince (as Christopher)
Producer(s): David Kahne
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Manic Monday is the first track on The Bangles' second album Different Light, and two weeks before the album's release, Manic Monday was released as the album's first single.

The song was written by Prince (under the pseudonym Christopher, a reference to his character Christopher Tracy from Under The Cherry Moon). In 1990, it was included as the third track on The Bangles' compilation album Greatest Hits.

In 1998, it was included as the sixth track on The Bangles' compilation album Super Hits. In 2004, it was included as the first track on The Bangles' compilation album The Essential Bangles.

Basic tracking for Prince's original version took place on 4 February 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the day before recording Ooo She She Wa Wa), a day after basic tracking for A Million Miles (I Love You) and In A Spanish Villa); the song was intended for Apollonia 6 (as a duet between Prince and Apollonia), and was included as the third track on the 29 February 1984 and Spring 1984 configurations of the Apollonia 6 album, but was withdrawn from the album prior to release.

It was offered to The Bangles after Bangles singer Hoffs Susanna Hoffs allegedly asked Prince to provide material for their next album. It is likely this happened when both were recording at Sunset, the Bangles doing I Got Nothing for 'The Goonies' OST, in April 1985.

As well as Manic Monday, Prince also submitted Jealous Girl, which was rejected.

The Bangles' version of Manic Monday was mostly re-recorded (information on recording dates and location are needed), but it features some of Prince's original backing tracks (Brenda Bennett's background vocals can still be heard on the released version).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
4 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
4 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs
1985 Studio information needed Additional recording and overdubs by The Bangles
Recording Personnel

Bangles version


Apollonia 6 version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Manic Monday 3:03 Different Light

Manic Monday single

Studio
Manic Monday (Extended California Version) 4:38 Manic Monday single Remix
Manic Monday (Extended Version) 4:39 Manic Monday single Remix
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Manic Monday 3:05 Greatest Hits DVD Promo video See Manic Monday for details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Manic Monday Studio 1984 Apollonia 6 version (duet with Prince)
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Manic Monday shares the same structure and melody as 1999.

References
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