80’s Mania Mondays: Blame It On The Train

You all knew this one was coming, didn’t you? How do you think this series got its name?

That’s right. Today’s 80’s Mania Mondays song is “Manic Monday” by The Bangles.

Written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher, he initially gave the song to Apollonia 6 for their debut album. He pulled the song from them, then asked the Bangles if they would like to have it. He became a fan of the group after hearing their debut album, All Over The Place. Or at least, that’s one version of the story. The rumored version was that he gave the song to group member Susanna Hoffs in hopes that she would sleep with him.

The first single from their second album, Different Light, “Manic Monday” sounds like something out of the 60’s. The group (sisters Debbi and Vicki Peterson, Michael Steele and Hoffs) were in the middle of recording their second album when they received the song. They thought it was good, but had no idea it would be a big hit. By the spring of 1986, it had gone all the way to #2 on the Hot 100, where it was kept out of the top spot by Prince’s “Kiss.”

“Manic Monday” proved to be the beginning of a run of top ten singles throughout the decade for the group. They would get their first #1 single with “Walk Like An Egyptian,” which turned out to be their biggest hit. Other hits during the decade include “Hazy Shade Of Winter” (#2), “Eternal Flame” (#1) and “In Your Room” (#5). By the end of the decade, the group had split up, citing creative diffrences and some resentment over Hoffs being cited as the lead singer of the group, when all four members sung lead.

The band got back together in 1998, and remained intact until 2005, when Steele left the group for good. Since 2008, bassist Derrick Anderson has filled the fourth member spot of the group. The group last released an album in 2011, entitled Sweetheart Of The Sun, which was the second album released since their 1980s; the other being Doll Revolution from 2003. There is no word on whether the group is working on any new music at this time.

Enjoy the song that gave my Monday series its title; and as always thanks for listening and reading.

21 Replies to “80’s Mania Mondays: Blame It On The Train”

    1. Yes, indeed. He wrote it, but I don’t think he ever performed a version of it. Then again, there’s probably so much music he had stored away that there may be a version of it with him. There are plenty of songs that he’s written under various pseudonyms that others have turned into hits.

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      1. It’s amazing how versatile Prince was.
        Most of the time he was funky as all get out! But, with that said, his original version of “I feel for you,” remade by Chaka Khan, was much more laid back 🙂
        Chaka took it and owned it!
        If only I could link the original here! Oh well! LOL!!!

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  1. Prince was crafty, wasn’t he? 😉 He certainly knew how to pen hit songs. Susanna Hoffs married Jay Roach, director of Austin Powers. As you know, she was part of the band Ming Tea & she recorded a version of The Look of Love for the soundtrack. Hearing the Bangles brings back fond memories, T. Wayne. Thanks for the keys to the way back machine!

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    1. Yes, he was. He was another one of those songwriters who could give away songs that became hits for others. I’ve been holding this one back for a long time, especially because I knew it was the source of the Monday series name. Logic probably should have told me to use this first, but I was listening to the Go-Go’s “Head Over Heels” because of the Honda commercial that was running at the time. So that’s how “Manic Monday” was passed over it’s “rightful” spot as the song to kick off 80s Mania Mondays.

      Once I had passed it over, it was a case of when do I drop it! So I chose today, finally, to give the Bangles their due. As always, you are welcome, Susan!

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  2. It was alright…not really one of my faves.
    You mentioned “Head over heels” by the Go-Gos–I loved that one!
    Regardless of my feelings, this song was iconic in the ’80’s!
    Great choice Twin 🙂

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