Bangles – Manic Monday

I was turned on to the Bangles immediately with this single. Not everybody knows, but most people (surely) do but this was written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher.

The song tells the story of a woman who has been (rudely a)woken at six o’clock on Monday morning, the first day of the week, after enjoying a restful weekend.  Critics have panned the rhyming of ‘Sunday’ with ‘My I-don’t-have-to-run-day’, one stating that it was painful.  However, that’s to take things out of context as the rhyme is taken from a passage which contains several rhymes for the word ‘day’.

It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
‘Cause that’s my funday
My I don’t have to runday
It’s just another manic Monday

And in any case, it’s a bloody pop song so wtf?

After its release in early 1986 it quickly entered the UK singles chart at number 43 on the week ending 15 February. Four weeks later I put my hand in my pocket and gave my hard earned to Mum to go an buy it for me on 14 March.  In doing so, we must have given it that little extra nudge (although not quite enough of a nudge) as it made its highest position of number 2.  It was prevented from getting to number one by Diana Ross’s Chain Reaction.  Boo and indeed hiss!

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