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Can I have a taste of your ice cream?
Can I lick the crumbs from your table?
Can I interfere in your crisis?
No, mind your own business

--"Mind Your Own Business" (1979) by Delta 5

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Delta 5 were an English band from Leeds, best known for their song "Mind Your Own Business" (1979).



The Band

The original members of Delta 5, Julz Sale (vocals/guitar), Ros Allen (bass) and Bethan Peters (bass), formed the band "on a lark" [1], but soon became a part of the thriving Leeds post-punk scene, and later added Kelvin Knight on drums and Alan Riggs on guitar. Combining feminist politics with a two-bass funk-punk sound (much in the style of another, more famous Leeds band, Gang of Four), they released in 1979 their debut single, "Mind Your Own Business". This song was later covered by Chicks on Speed, Le Shok and Pigface. Bethan Peters went on to play on Fun Boy Three's second album, 'Waiting'.

Delta 5 were also important figures in the Rock Against Racism movement, and were the subject of a highly-publicized 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 very successful tour of the US, and soon thereafter left Rough Trade for 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. Because of the failure of the album, the group disbanded.

Singles & Sessions 1979-1981

In 2006, Kill Rock Stars released a compilation of early Delta 5 material called Singles & Sessions 1979-1981, capitalizing on the reemerging popularity of post-punk bands like Gang of Four and Wire. The set includes a wealth of unreleased material, along with BBC radio sessions and live cuts.



Mind Your Own Business / Now That You're Gone (Rough Trade Records) 1979

Anticipation / You (Rough Trade Records) 1980

Try / Colour (Rough Trade Records) 1980

Shadow / Leaving (PRE) 1981

Powerlines / The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (PRE) 1982


See the Whirl (PRE; LP; 1981)


Singles & Sessions 1979-1981 (Kill Rock Stars; CD; 2006)

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