(renamed Total Coelo
in the U.S.
) was a 1980s British one hit wonder new wave vocal group
, masterminded by producer Barry Blue
. The original members were the singers
Anita Mahadervan, Lacey Bond, Lindsey Danvers, Ros Holness (daughter of TV
host Bob Holness
) and Sheen Doran.
The group is known for its 1982 hit single
"I Eat Cannibals Part 1", which reached #8 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. In 1985 the remaining three members (now signed to Debut Records) released two singles under the Toto Coelo name. Neither of those singles ("Girl's Night Out" and "Gimme Some Lovin") was a success.
The group's name is Latin and means "by the whole extent of the heavens" or "heaven-wide", but is commonly translated as "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 changed her name to 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").