16 July 2021

16 July 2021 - The Bangles - Manic Monday

So, let's get the things I know I'm going to hear out of the way.  

"Why are you posting THIS SONG on a Friday!?"   Because it's a great song any day of the week.  I won't fit inside your box.   

"Wait, didn't Apollonia 6 record this first?"  Well, yes, they did, with Prince - the songwriter - but he pulled the song from their album - that version would not be released until 2019.  So, this was the first released version of the song.  And it's amazing - showcasing the harmonies of which the Bangles are capable, as well as giving Susanna Hoffs a chance to shine on lead vocal, as opposed to Debbi Peterson.  

"But wait. Their VERY NEXT SINGLE 'If She Knew What She Wants' was essentially the same situation, except Jules Shear wrote that, and that was on Totally Covered, so why not put this there?"  Jules Shear released his version a year before the Bangles did.  Come on, now.  We do our research.  

"But wait. Their IMMEDIATE PRIOR SINGLE was 'Going Down To Liverpool' by Katrina and the Waves.  I read Totally Covered.  I know the score."  Again, Katrina and the Waves recorded and released that song years before - and RERELEASED it after this as the B side to "Walking on Sunshine". 

"You've called songs covers for a lot less.  Did you think we'd forget the whole 'One of Us' debate?"  Yes.  You may remember the agony over that decision.  

Great.  Now I'm out of time.  Let's just get to the song.

"But wait.  Don't you traditionally include a live version of these songs?"  Well, yeah.  We do like to do that.   Here's one from 1986.  

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