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Thank goodness for adventurous labels like Kill Rock Stars, releasing vintage and slightly obscure punk goodies from long gone bands like the Delta 5. The English group’s single album, See the Whirl, disappeared without a trace (as did the band in 1981), but KRS dug up all their singles, along with some John Peel BBC sessions and a few live tracks for this collection. Three women and two men kicked up a ruckus with double guitars and double basses, and delivered a potent antidote to the surging social conservatism at the time, especially from a feminist point of view. “Mind Your Own Business” is a stinging send-off with little more than a shouted chorus, loping bass, and a shimmery cymbal keeping it together, while “You” is a shrill, funk-heavy admonishment to an inadequate lover, where every question (“Who was seen with somebody else?”) is answered by an insanely infectious “you, you, you, YOU!”  “Try” and “Now That You’ve Gone” are slinky and sophisticated, with vocals on the former stretching for operatic heights just for kicks. Throughout, there are clawing and clanging punk guitars, skittering percussion, frenetic rhythms and coolly ironic lyrics. Good times.

Customer Reviews

A great album to do the hipster bop to

This is a great album. I found this band through a Wikipedia article on the Au Pairs and decided to check them out, and boy am I glad I did. This collection of songs, studio and live, would make a great backdrop to any Whole Foods dinner and boxed wine party. For me, the stand out tracks are the first two, Shadow, and Circuit. Put some red bulbs in your Ikea lamps, get all your artist and graphic design friends drunk, and hipster bop a good half an hour to the strong songs on this album.

Nice to have this back

I have the band's first three singles from back then, and it's nice to finally hear more. This is fun, danceable punk/funk in the Slits / Pulsallama vein, and well worth checking out.

Delicious post punk fun!

Anyone who gives this a rating under 5 stars is not being honest, or they are straight out boring. This is an excellent underground post punk masterpiece. For those who like bands like Liliput/Kleenex, The Raincoats and The B-52's(or Chicks on Speed's covers), this album is a must have. It's packed full of crazy female vocals/lyrics, silly punk, surf rock and dance beats. It makes you want to get up and dance and feel really good inside.


Formed: 1979 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Initially inspired by the success of local heroes the Mekons and Gang of Four, Leeds, England's Delta 5 later emerged as one of the key figures of the feminist new wave. Formed in 1979 by vocalist/guitarist Julz Sale, fretless bassist Ros Allen, and bassist Bethan Peters, the group was begun on a lark, but following the additions of guitarist Alan Riggs and drummer Kelvin Knight, Delta 5 issued their debut single, "Mind Your Own Business," and found themselves thrust to the forefront of the Leeds...
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