Manic Monday The Bangles
Song Title: Manic Monday
Artist: The Bangles
Date of release: January 27, 1986
Description: ” Manic monday ” is by The Bangles, American pop rock group. The song was written by Prince with production for the single by David Kahne.
David Kahne, the American record producer and musician has worked with artists like Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Nicks, who is better known for her work with Fleetwood Mac.
” Manic monday ” was released by the record label Columbia on the 27th of January 1986 and taken as the group’s first single from their second Album ” Different Light “.
Prince wrote the song in 1984 and along with Apollonia 6 ( the group he created in 1983) recorded it as a duet for the group’s one and only Album release, a title of which shared the name of the group.
Prince then pulled the song and offered it to The Bangles under the writing name ” Christopher “. Prince used the writing name which he took from a character he had played in the 1986 film ” Under the Cherry Moon “.
The song talks about a woman who wakes to go to work on Monday and wishes it was Sunday, a feeling just about every worker feels.
Music critics generally liked the song. Some critics made the comparison between The Bangles ” Manic monday ” and the 1966 Billboard Hot 100 hit single ” Monday, Monday ” by the band The Mamas & the Papas.
In a review Mark Deming wrote for the website AllMusic.com he said the single ” was a far cry from anything the Bangles had recorded before “.
” a candidate for best single of the year ” was the reaction from Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times. Dorian Lynskey noted the painful rhyming of ” Sunday” with ” I-don’t-have-to-run day “.
Although the song had got some slightly negative comments within generally positive reviews it was down to the record buying public to determine how the song fared on the charts.
The song was a commercial success for The Bangles, in the United States ” Manic monday ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 86. The song climbed to peak at number 2 and spent a total of 20 weeks on the Chart.
Ironically the very person that stopped The Bangles from grabbing the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart was Prince with his song ” Kiss “.
Outside of the United States the song was a hit on various charts. In the United Kingdom ” Manic monday ” entered the UK chart on the 8th of February 1986 at number 85. The song climbed to reach a peak of number 2, it spent 5 weeks in the top ten and a total of 13 weeks on the UK chart.
Along with number 2 positions in the US and UK, the song also stalled at number 2 in Austria, Canada, Germany and Ireland.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 3, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 19, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 24, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5, Norway (VG-lista) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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