DELTA 5 – ” Singles & Sessions 1979 – 81 ” Tribute to Julz Sale

Posted: September 23, 2021 in MUSIC
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Julz Sale, cofounder and vocalist/guitarist for post punk band Delta 5, died on Wednesday. No cause of death has been shared. The news was confirmed by Rough Trade Records, the label who put out the band’s 1980 single “Mind Your Own Business,” and for whom Julz once worked, sharing a quote from “Mind Your Own Business.” Kill Rock Stars, who put out Delta 5 compilation “Singles & Sessions 1979 – 81“, wrote, Julz Sale’s contribution to punk, post-punk and music at large will be felt forever. we are gutted by the news of her passing. she was a delight to know and will be missed immensely. we encourage each of you to listen to Delta 5 for the remainder of the week and/or month.”

The 16 track album that features the band’s Rough Trade singles, together with John Peel and Richard Skinner radio sessions. Formed in 1979, Championed by John Peel, and enjoying success on both sides of the atlantic, Delta 5’s unique two-bass rhythm section, angular guitars and conversational female vocals set them apart from their peers.

Can you hear those people behind me? Looking at your feelings inside me Listen to the distance between us Why don’t you mind your own business?.

Delta 5 formed at Leeds University in 1979 and were part of the same scene that birthed Gang of Four and Mekons. With a two-bass line-up and highly politicized, feminist lyrics (delivered with icy attitude by Sale), the band hit on a unique sound quickly. They only put out few singles — “Try” and “You” was also a classic and one album before breaking up in 1981, but Delta 5 remain influential. “Mind Your Own Business” has remained the band’s most enduring song, having been covered by R Stevie Moore, Pigface, Dum Dum Girls and the song was featured in episode 5 of the series “Sex Education” in January 2019, The song also had a bit of a resurgence this year thanks to “Mind Your Own Business” being used on Apple advertisement.

The original members of Delta 5, Julz Sale (vocals/guitar), Ros Allen (bass) and Bethan Peters (bass), formed the band “on a lark”, but soon became a part of the thriving Leeds post-punk scene, and later added Kelvin Knight on drums and Alan Riggs on guitar, both of whom also played in Dead Beats.

The members of Delta 5 were important figures in the “Rock Against Racism” movement and were the subject of a highly publicised assault at the hands of a right-wing group affiliated with rival movement Rock Against Communism”.

After the release of second single “You”, the band went on a successful tour of the United States, and soon thereafter moved from Rough Trade to Charisma Records imprint Pre. They recorded their debut album “See the Whirl”, which suffered from overly clean production and received low marks both critically and commercially. Due to the commercial disappointment of the album, the group disbanded.

Delta 5’s recorded output was finding a posthumous fan base internationally. The band Shonen Knife recorded a cover version of “You”. . Much of the group’s output remained hard to come by until the “Singles and Sessions” compilation was released by Kill Rock Stars in 2006.

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