It’s the beginning of the week, time for the Monday Music Video. Now, I’ll grant that even though I just plain missed last week’s, I’m still not really “ahead” on these. In fact, my recent period of sleeping things off has left me with a lot to catch up on. Some reviews to write, movies to watch, and of course a lot of blog posts to read. Not to mention some non-blogging stuff I need to be doing. So there’s a lot to be done.
But isn’t there always? It’s just another manic Monday.
“Manic Monday” was released in 1986, and over the course of four months eventually rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It had been written by Prince, who gave it to the Bangles under the pseudonym Christopher (the “a.k.a.” line for Prince on legal documentation has got to be pretty large at this point.) It was released as the first single off the group’s second album, Different Light.
It’s a light, poppy tune, but highly infectious. Part of this is because of the catchy beat, and part of it, I think, is because despite its simplicity (or because of it), it’s relatable. Mondays are manic for everybody — or at least, we all tend to think of them that way. The work week is structured around five working days and a weekend off no labor; this was probably to arrange around the Sabbath, which most Judeo-Christian denominations put on either Saturday or Sunday. But that day of rest means that people are a little less ready to return to work come Monday. And if you have a job where the work piles up whether you’re there or not, Monday gets that extra little bit more manic.
Of course, a lot of people listening to this when it first came out didn’t have proper “jobs”, per se — but the same largely applies to students. Schools in western society typically take Saturday and Sunday off as well, probably more for the sake of the teachers than the students. The weekend is the time to relax and goof off — the “fun day”. Monday brings a return to schoolwork. We’re primed from an early age to resent Mondays, and even when we work jobs that have the days off scheduled at different times in the week, many people still refer to the first day of the work week as “my Monday”.
So it’s unsurprising that “Manic Monday” caught on. It taps into a common feeling and does so in a fun and simple way. And in so doing it makes going back to work just a little bit better.