Prince wrote songs for other artists all the time, including the hit “Manic Monday” for The Bangles – listen to his newly released demo recording.
The song “Manic Monday” was a massive hit for an all-girls band in the 1980s called The Bangles. You might also be well acquainted with their other mega-hits “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like an Egyptian.” But what you probably don’t know about the girls’ seminal hit is that it was written by none other than Prince. Yes, the same guy who wrote “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” also wrote that boppy, catchy “Manic Monday” song.
It might be hard to imagine, but it’s absolutely true. Prince turned out a number of hits for other artists (including one of my favorite songs of all-time, “Nothing Compares 2 U”). When you listen to the “Manic Monday” demo below, you’ll understand instantly that he never meant the song for himself; it was always for another band or singer.
The singer’s estate recently released the audio of Prince singing the demo of “Manic Monday” along with footage of Prince preparing for the Purple Rain Tour. Up until this release, only rare bootlegs existed but now the recording is available for all – watch and listen:
All these years later, the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs still remembers how entranced she was when she first heard Prince’s original rendition of the song. “I knew it was an incredible gift,” she told the New York Times. “It was like putting on the slipper in a fairy tale.” For over 30 years, she and her Bangles bandmates were some of the only people in the world to have heard it — until now.