The Prince Estate released another gem from the late singer’s vast archive on Friday morning (June 21), with the first-ever glimpse of previously unseen footage of Prince’s original demo recording of “Manic Monday.”
The clip of the track, which appears on the recently-released Originals album, opens with Prince wearing tight black pants and a white tank top, doing a choreographed dance to his more baroque version of the song that would go on to become one of The Bangles‘ most iconic hits.
The montage in what looks like scenes from a rehearsal studio space alternates scenes of a shirtless, hat-wearing Prince wielding a guitar, dancing in unison with two bandmates while wearing a baggy gray suit and ripping off some dazzling spins, splits and struts. He works the empty room as if it was a packed stadium, in what a release explained was recently-discovered footage of Prince & the Revolution rehearsing their dance routine for the “When Doves Cry” video.
A teaser before the full video provides some context for just how historic Prince’s run was the year that “Manic Monday” was shot. “1984 was an astonishingly prolific year in Prince’s career. Not only was he finalizing Purple Rain, but Prince was also penning some of the biggest hits of the ’80s for other artists — from albums for The Time and Sheila E., to the massive singles “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday.” The effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture. The melodies of these hits are so familiar that they have become part of our shared musical heritage, but few have had the opportunity to hear Prince’s original recordings of these songs. Together with archival footage from his vault, these recordings provide a rare window into Prince’s creative process in this wildly productive era.”
“Manic Monday” and the rest of the Originals album is now available on all streaming services after appearing exclusively on Tidal for two weeks. The album contains Prince’s original versions of songs that went on to be hits by Apollonia 6 (“Sex Shooter”), The Time (“Jungle Love”) and Sheila E. (“The Glamorous Life”). The video, an Apple Music exclusive, is availabe in full here.
Watch a teaser of the “Manic Monday” video and stream Originals below.