Using the pseudonym “Christopher,” Prince originally crafted this pop tune for Apollonia 6, performing it as a duet with members of the group in 1984. He later decided to scrap it completely, but it inevitably found its way into the hands of The Bangles, according to Per Nilsen’s novel Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince: The First Decade.
Though it was rumored that Prince gave the song to The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs in an effort to woo her, fellow member Debbi Peterson explained in an interview with MTV U.K. that he gave the song to the group because he liked their music. “He liked the song ‘Hero Takes a Fall,’ which is a great compliment because we liked his music. He contacted us, and said, ‘I’ve got a couple of songs for you. I’d like to know if you’re interested,’ and of course, we were,” Peterson said, as reported in Christopher Feldman’sBillboard Book of Number Two Singles. “One of the songs Prince brought to the group was ‘Manic Monday.’”