Collette Roberts AKA Collette was an Australian pop singer in the late 80s/early 90s who had a huge hit with a cover of “Ring My Bell” and was well known for turning lycra bike pants into a fashion craze.
Well, let’s face it, lycra never was and never will be fashionable in my view. I must confess to being rather underwhelmed, especially by “Ring My Bell”. I mean, I should have liked it but it came across as rather lacking. Maybe I was just too wedded to the Anita Ward version.
For Collette’s second album “Attitude”, she went for a change of image and this time I fell in love.
I remember seeing “Who Do You Think You Are?”, the lead single on one of the music video shows and being totally captivated. The new image and hair cut totally transformed Collette. And the song (co-written by Collette) was amazing. Still dance pop but more sophisticated and dare I say, sexy.
I took a punt on the album and was very surprised. Most of it was written by Collette herself along with Peter Bowman. There were two covers, infectious versions of “Upside Down” and “Give It Up”. It’s still an album I can play today from time to time and get a lot of enjoyment from. Sophisticated dance pop with a fun edge.
Sadly, it seemed that I was the only one in love with the new incarnation of Collette. The singles didn’t do particularly well and the album sank. Tragically, Collette decided to leave the music business. A great injustice IMHO. How do these things happen?
Anyway, I suppose some of you came here looking for the Collette of old so here she is when she redefined Australian fashion.