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.