Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: The Bangles

Manic Monday

First recorded (as a demo) by Apollonia 6 & Prince (1984).
Hit version by The Bangles (US #2/UK #2/CAN #2/IRE #2/GER #2/AUS #3 1986).

From the wiki: “‘Manic Monday’ was written by Prince, using the pseudonym ‘Christopher’. Originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984, he recorded it as a duet for Apollonia 6’s self-titled album. However, Prince eventually pulled the song. Two years later, he offered the song to The Bangles.

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Written by Paul Simon and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel (US #13/UK #30 1968).
Other hit version (as “Hazy Shade of Winter”) by The Bangles (US #2/UK #11/CAN #3/AUS #7 1987).

From the wiki: “‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’ was written by Paul Simon, recorded and released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966, and then included on their 1968 album, Bookends (although it also appeared on their Live from New York City, 1967).

If She Knew What She Wants

Written and first recorded by Jules Shear (1985).
Hit version by The Bangles (US #29/UK #31 1986).

From the wiki: “‘If She Knew What She Wants’ is a song by Jules Shear (‘All Through the Night‘) released on his 1985 album The Eternal Return. The song was later and famously covered by The Bangles on their 1986 album, Different Light. Shear’s song was originally written in the first person, essentially a love song; the Bangles rewrote the lyrics in the third person, rather than change the subject’s gender.”