New ‘Manic Monday’ Video Features Unseen Prince Footage
The footage gives viewers a peak behind the curtain, as they see Prince preparing for his live concerts. The (occasionally shirtless) music icon is shown wielding a guitar, practicing his stage cues and working on choreographed dance moves. The clips serve as a reminder of the work ethic that helped Prince create so many songs for himself and other artists. You can see the video below.
Watch Prince's 'Manic Monday' Video
Prince originally wrote “Manic Monday” in 1984 for the band Apollonia 6, but he eventually decided to shelve the track. Two years later, he offered the song to the Bangles. Their version became a worldwide hit, reaching the Top 5 in multiple countries, including the U.S.
The demo of the song, which appears on the recently-released Originals album, differs from the Bangles’ version. Besides the obvious addition of Prince’s voice, the demo is more piano-heavy, with a baroque influence that is absent on the Bangles' pop rendition.
The ‘80s were an extremely prolific time period in Prince’s career. While he famously reached superstardom with his own releases -- including 1999, Purple Rain and Parade -- the music legend also found great success writing for other artists. Beyond the Bangles, the purple one scored hits with Sheila E., Vanity 6, Sheena Easton and the Time. The Originals has assembled Prince's demo recordings of many of these tracks for the first time, giving listeners insight into their original form. The album is now streaming on all digital music services.