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I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo

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Published on Mar 19, 2010

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Toto Coelo (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 and Sheen Doran.

The group is known for its 1982 hit single "I Eat Cannibals Part 1", which reached #8 in the UK, #66 in the US and was also a hit in many other countries, including South Africa where it was named the 17th biggest selling single of 1983.

The solid drum sound that underpins the single was provided by session drummer Peter Boita. Peter received a demo cassette from producer Barry Blue and proceeded to score out a drum part that fitted the song. Peter programmed his Linndrum Computer with the basic drumbeat that's heard throughout the record. Peter then overdubbed Simmons SDS7 electronic drums over the top of the basic drumbeat to add extra weight to the already exciting drum beat. Peter, by this time, had perfected a technique of playing all four Simmons pads simultaneously to produce an amazing depth of drum sound with just one hit of his drumsticks. Peter Boita also used this same technique on the follow up song Mucho Macho, but, apart from a few television appearances by the girls, the single failed to make much impression on the charts of the day.

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.

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