Manic Monday

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Manic Monday

Differentlight album.jpg
from the album Different Light
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Manicmonday single.jpg
single art for Manic Monday
Song details
Performer: The Bangles; Prince
First Released: 23 December 1985 - Manic Monday single
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Different Light
Writer(s): Prince (as Christopher)
Producer(s): David Kahne (The Bangles version); Prince (on Originals)
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included as the third track on the 29 February 1984 and Spring 1984 configurations of the Apollonia 6 album, but was withdrawn from the album prior to release.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 Prince apparently take a liking to the band, having enjoyed their video for "Hero Takes A Fall" from 1984. Prince possibly got the idea to offer something to them when both were recording at Sunset, the Bangles in a session recording I Got Nothing for 'The Goonies' OST, in April 1985. When they got offered the song in May 1985, they were at Sunset Sound sister studio The Sound Factory recording for the second album.

Besides Manic Monday, Prince also submitted Jealous Girl, which was rejected. Both tracks were put to a 2-inch tape in the first week of May 1985, readying them for potential use by The Bangles.

It was long thought The Bangles retained at least some of Prince’s original tracks, but in a 2012 interview singer Susanna Hoffs told about how they wanted to really make it their own. So with producer, David Kahne, it was completely re-recorded by The Bangles, likely in the second week of May 1985 at The Sound Factory.

In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the third track on the posthumous album Originals. A video with footage of Prince and The Revolution rehearsing at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in 1984 was also made to promote the release of the album.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
4 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
5 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Early May 1985 (assumed) Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Readying the tape for The Bangles, removing Apollonia vocals
Second week of May 1985 The Sound Factory Re-recording by The Bangles
Recording Personnel

Bangles version

Apollonia 6 version

Prince version (on Originals)

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

Manic Monday single

Manic Monday (Extended California Version) 4:38 Manic Monday single

If She Knew What She Wants UK 12"

Manic Monday (Extended Version) 4:39 Manic Monday single Remix
Manic Monday 3:03 Different Light 2009 Reissue (CD)

Different Light 2013 Reissue (LP)

Studio Remastered version
Manic Monday (Extended Version) 4:39 Different Light 2009 Reissue (Japan only CD release) Studio Remastered version
Manic Monday 2:51 Originals Prince vocal version Released in 2019, new mix of the version with backing vocals
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Manic Monday 3:05 Greatest Hits DVD Promo video Official music video
Manic Monday 3:11 Apple music 2019 Promo video, Prince version 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.
  • Interesting the track sheet for Prince’s version shows the [Oberheim] OB-X used (for the organ part) on track 14. By 1984 the OB-X Prince almost never used the OB-X anymore, and would be more like to use an OB-8.

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