When Firefall formed in 1974, they were a rock band with two electric guitars. When Rick Roberts presented "You Are The Woman" for their first album, the rest of the band had misgivings because it was so soft. "The band did like a collective eye roll because it was so obvious, so syrupy and formulaic," bass player Mark Andes said on the Songfacts Podcast
. "We knew it was going to be hugely successful, but we resisted. I remember feeling like, "Oh God, really
Their producer, Jim Mason, set them straight, insisting they record it because you don't turn down a hit. They were glad they did. Guitarist Jock Bartley said on the same episode: "I've been playing 'You Are The Woman' for 40-plus years and we are so lucky to have a hit song that is that big. It isn't totally representative of what all the rest of our songs sounded like, but that song has kept me working for 40 years and has kept Firefall together, so I'm happy to play it."