Music Video of the Day: I Eat Cannibals by Toto Coelo/Total Coelo (1982, dir. Mike Brady)


I don’t have a lot of guilty pleasures in the realm of music. I will usually defend just about anything that I enjoy. A good example of that is Debbie Gibson. Still, if I had to list one band that could qualify, then it would be Toto Coelo (or Total Coelo as they were renamed to in the US). I’m guessing they renamed the band in America so as not to confuse people into thinking they had something to do with the band Toto.

This seems to have been their only hit song. But they did a couple of music videos for other fun songs like Milk From The Coconut, which was supposed to be in the unfinished sequel to Grizzly that had them in it. They also did one called Dracula’s Tango (Sucker For Your Love). They’re all stupid, but fun. Just like this music video. I’m pretty sure Milk From The Coconut was supposed to be taken seriously. However, it’s tough to do so after you’ve seen them sing it on the stage in Grizzly II.

I’m guessing leather-clad Toto Coelo are the evil ones.

Whereas the multi-colored ones are meant to lure you in. I’m not sure why she pokes a balloon and it turns into an apple.

I wonder whether she was reading her lines off-camera or if there was something going on during shooting.

My favorite part of the video has to be the cannibal dance.

Mike Brady directed the video. He seems to have made about 80 videos from the beginning of the 80s through the 90s.

Jon Roseman produced the video. He worked as a producer, writer, and director on numerous music videos. From what I can find on sites other than mvdbase, he was a pioneer in music videos during the 1970s and 1980s. He even wrote an autobiography called From Here to … Obscurity. You can read some things he had to say about well-known music videos he was involved with over at Financial Times. You can find articles with him and other music video notables in Billboard magazine from the early 80s. There’s a quote from producer Paul Flattery in the book I Want My MTV that isn’t exactly kind about Roseman. I won’t repeat it.

Enjoy!

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