I know I disappeared for a couple of days after my last post. I think I felt the need to distance myself from a decidedly disturbing musical experience. Which would also explain today’s song. Because the only way you’re going to be disturbed by this inconsequential Barbra Streisand tune is if you have a phobia about cheesy Disco-Pop. Although since it’s sung by Barbra Streisand, this song does have one thing going for it.
Never let it be said that my taste in music is elitist.
Besides featuring Streisand’s powerhouse voice, “The Main Event/Fight” is also pretty darned catchy. Too bad the movie the song is the theme for was so freakin’ terrible. After the success of the screwball comedy What’s Up Doc?, Streisand re-teamed with Ryan O’Neal for the bland, unfunny, clichéd The Main Event. Successful businesswoman finds herself nearly destitute. Investment in not-so-great boxer is one of her remaining assets, so she makes herself his manager to ensure his success. You can figure out what happens from there because it is painfully predictable. I don’t think I even liked it when I was a kid.
But I did like this song. It’s pure fluff, but it sticks with you–which would make it more like marshmallow fluff. (FYI, my aunt makes the best fudge in the world using marshmallow fluff. I have to get the recipe.) One of my favorite things is the tempo changes that keep the song bobbing and weaving like a boxer, which not only ties it into the plot/characters of the movie but makes it a great song to dance to. The best Disco gives the dancers time to catch their breath and get closer to each other on the floor. There’s even an eleven minute extended version. I also think the way the song is arranged, from opening to fade out, was also designed to make it easier for DJs to incorporate it into their sets at discos. (That’s my guess anyway; it’s not like I’m an expert on how DJs do their jobs.) Whatever the reasons for how it was made, “The Main Event/Fight” works as a song.