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Manic Monday

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"Manic Monday"
Four pictures of four women placed in a multicolor background. The words "Bangles" and "Manic Monday" are written in white capital letters; the upper left photo contain a woman with white face and black hair. The upper right photo is about a red-haired woman; the girl of the third picture, located lower left, is blonde, while the girl of the lower right is a brunette.
Artwork for US 7-inch single, also used for continental European and Australasian releases
Single by The Bangles
from the album Different Light
B-side"In a Different Light"
ReleasedJanuary 27, 1986[1]
Format7" single, 12"
Recorded1984 (original Apollonia 6 version, duet with Prince);
1985; Sunset Sound Factory[2] (The Bangles’ version)
GenrePop rock[3]
LabelDiscos CBS; Columbia
Producer(s)David Kahne
The Bangles singles chronology
"Going Down to Liverpool"
"Manic Monday"
"If She Knew What She Wants"
Music video
"Manic Monday" on YouTube

"Manic Monday" is a song by the American pop rock band The Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light (1986). It was written by American musician Prince using the pseudonym "Christopher" and was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. Lyrically, it describes a woman who is waking up to go to work on Monday, wishing it were still Sunday so she could continue relaxing.

The single, released by Columbia Records on Monday January 27, 1986, received generally positive reviews from music critics and some comparisons with The Mamas & the Papas' "Monday, Monday", it became The Bangles' first hit, reaching number two in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as in Austria, Canada, Germany and Ireland, and peaked within the top five in Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland. It was later certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI); the song has been covered by a number of other artists.

Background and composition[edit]

Prince wrote "Manic Monday" in 1984, and recorded it as a duet for the band Apollonia 6's self-titled album; however, he eventually pulled the song.[5] Two years later, he offered the single to The Bangles under the pseudonym "Christopher",[6][7] a character he played in the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon,[8] it was rumored by various writers that after Prince listened to the band's 1984 debut album All Over the Place, he gave the song to Bangles rhythm guitarist Susanna Hoffs, so that in return she would sleep with him.[9][10][11] Prince's original demo recording of the song would not be released until it appeared on the 2019 demo compilation Originals.[12]

Susanna Hoffs on "Manic Monday"
"When I first heard that 'oh whoa' melody I thought of the Velvet Underground. Then when I heard the title I thought of Jimi Hendrix [who sang 'Manic Depression'], but then with the Monday part & the harmonies I thought of the Mamas & the Papas. It has a lot of the elements of emotion & style that [the Bangles] connect to, and [young people] really pick-up on the nursery rhyme appeal[:] like 'Sally Go 'Round the Roses', [there's] a nice simplicity to it."[13]

In an interview with MTV UK in 1989 Debbi Peterson explained why Prince gave them the song: "Prince really liked our first album, he liked the song 'Hero Takes a Fall', which is a great compliment, because we liked his music. He contacted us, and said, 'I've got a couple of songs for you. I'd like to know if you're interested,' and of course we were. One of the songs Prince brought to the group was 'Manic Monday', written under the pseudonym of Christopher." Peterson talked about the evolution of what Prince brought them: "It was a Banglefication of a Prince arrangement. He had a demo, that was very specifically him, it was a good song, but we didn't record it like 'This is our first hit single! Oh my God! I can feel it in my veins!' We just did the song, and the album, and then sat back and thought about it."[14]

A pop song written in D major, "Manic Monday" moves at a tempo of 116 beats per minute and is set in common time;[15] the song has a sequence of G–A7–D–G–A7–D as its chord progression.[15] Lyrically, the song is about someone waking up from a romantic dream at six o'clock on Monday morning, and facing a hectic journey to work when she would prefer to still be enjoying relaxing on Sunday—her "I-don't-have-to-run day".[2] Actor Rudolph Valentino is referred in the first verse.[2]


Critical response[edit]

The single received generally positive reviews by music critics; some of them compared the song with the single "Monday, Monday" by the band The Mamas & the Papas.[16][17][18] In a review for AllMusic, Mark Deming said that the single "was a far cry from anything the Bangles had recorded before";[19] while Matthew Greenwald, also from the website, said "It's a clever and deceptively simple pop narrative, an infectious pop confection ... There is also an excellently written bridge that shows Prince/ Christopher to be an excellent craftsman, and, to their credit, the Bangles carry it off with style and wit".[16] Robert Hilburn from Los Angeles Times called the song "a candidate for best single of the year".[17] Guardian music critic Dorian Lynskey commented about the painful rhyming of "Sunday" with "I-don't-have-to-run day."[4]

Mark Moses from The Phoenix said "the lack of lyrical substance is so glaring that Prince's lame 'Manic Monday' seems like a thematic highlight".[20] Greg Baker of The Miami News wrote in the album's review that "the song should put [T]he Bangles on the 'pop 'n' roll' map".[21] A writer in Toledo Blade noted that "Manic Monday" was "infectious" and, along with "If She Knew What She Wants", both were "refreshingly melodic".[22] Chris Willman from the Los Angeles Times commented: "The first single 'Manic Monday' represents slumming songwriter Prince's attempt mostly successful save for the inevitable getting down interlude to concoct a modern day Mamas and the Papas hit."[18]

Chart performance[edit]

"Manic Monday" debuted at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the week ending January 25, 1986,[23] and reached a peak of number two, on the issue dated April 19, 1986,[24] being blocked from the top of the chart by Prince and the Revolution's single "Kiss".[24] In the United Kingdom "Manic Monday" debuted at number 85 on February 8, 1986, and entered the top 40, at number 24, on February 22, 1986;[25] the song eventually reached its peak position, at number two, the next month.[25] In Germany, the single debuted at number 29 on March 17, 1986, reaching the top 10 in the next three weeks, and its peak, also at number two, on April 14, 1986, where it stayed two weeks,[26] it remained in the top 10 for four more weeks, leaving the charts on July 20, 1986.[26]

In Switzerland "Manic Monday" debuted at number 12 on March 30, 1986, becoming the highest debut of the week,[27] it reached its peak two weeks later at number four, where it remained another week.[28] In the Netherlands, the single debuted at number 43 on February 22, 1986; and managed to reach number 24,[29] it stayed on the chart for seven weeks.[30] In Norway, "Manic Monday" debuted at number nine in the 10th week of 1986, becoming the second-highest debut of the week,[31] it also reached the number four two weeks later, where it stayed another two.[32] The song also peaked within the top five in the Austrian,[33] the Irish,[34] and the New Zealand charts.[33]

Track listing and formats[edit]


Charts and certification[edit]


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