Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Toto Coelo / Total Coleo

This weeks entry is short and sweet.

Toto Coelo (renamed Total Coelo in the U.S.) was a 1980s British new wave vocal group, masterminded by producer Barry Blue, and comprising of the singers Anita Mahadervan, Lacey Bond, Lindsey Danvers, Ros Holness (daughter of TV host Bob Holness) and Sheen Doran.

The group is best known for the above video, a quirky 1982 hit single "I Eat Cannibals Part 1", which reached the Top Ten in the UK and was also a hit in many other countries. They also issued a less successful follow-up, "Dracula's Tango (Sucker For Your Love)". An album was issued containing both singles, together with B-sides and a selection of unreleased tracks in 1983 titled Man o' War. It was not a commercial success.

Following this, Anita Mahadervan and Sheen Doran left the group. The remaining three members released a couple of singles under the Toto Coelo name, now signed to Debut Records, in 1985, including "Girl's Night Out" and "Gimme Some Lovin". Neither single was a chart success.

The group's name is Latin and means "completely", "entirely" or "utterly". Of the name, Sheen Doran said, "It has a number of meanings, such as 'heart and soul', 'root and branch' and 'totally different'. It seemed to describe what we were. Plus, it's strange-sounding and hard to pronounce, so it sticks in your mind." The group was renamed Total Coelo in the United States to avoid confusion with the American group, Toto.

Mahadervan later became Anita Chellamah, and formed Cherry Bombz with several former members of Hanoi Rocks, including Andy McCoy. She is now known as Anita Chellamah-Nurse and works as a television actress and presenter.

"I Eat Cannibals Part 1" (1982) UK #8, AUS #4, US #66, NZ #38
"Dracula's Tango" / "Mucho Macho" (1982) UK #54, AUS #19
"Milk From the Coconut" (1983), UK - did not chart, AUS #100
"Girl's Night Out" (1985)
"Gimme Some Lovin'" (1985)

Man o' War (1983) AUS #82
I Eat Cannibals & Other Tasty Trax (1996) - (issued on CD in the U.S. on the Razor & Tie record label, containing all of the Man o' War tracks; plus the bonus track "Weird"; and 12" vinyl versions of "I Eat Cannibals" and "Milk From the Coconut").

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