Delta 5 Founder and Singer Julz Sale Has Passed Away

With much sadness, we announce the loss of Julz Sale, founder and singer of Leeds-based postpunk act Delta 5. Delta 5 came from the same scene that produced such seminal post-punk acts as Gang of Four and the Mekons, and Sale herself worked for the Rough Trade label. She had more recently turned to teaching English in Thailand.

An early report from friend Pete Keeley indicates Sale passed from digestive cancer, in Thailand. I asked Pete if he thought there was anything people should know especially about Sale, not including her work with Delta 5. Pete responded, “After Delta 5, Julz spent a good few years being one of the people who made the Rough Trade Distribution warehouse tick, and was a force to be reckoned with. She moved to Thailand a number of years ago and got married to a local, and was teaching English out there. This is very sad news.”

Delta 5, of course, are best known for their breakaway 1979 single “Mind Your Own Business,” since covered or remixed by many acts, including Chicks on Speed, Le Shok, Pigface (Chris Vrenna), Peter Hook, and many others. (The song even recently ended up in an Apple iPhone commercial!) Delta 5’s dueling bass guitars, conversational/call-and-response type female vocals (see, especially “You”), incorporation of funk and dance beats into their repertoire, and Gang of Four-esque angular guitar style are all trademarks of the group’s influential sound. The group’s lyrics and Sale’s vocals reflected a feminist and socialist sensibility, and the band were active in the Rock Against Racism community.

Sales’ death occurs in a period of a few weeks that has seen devastating losses in the postpunk and goth communities, including the loss of Richard H. Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire (and also “contemporary techno’s busiest man”), who recently passed at age 65, and Olli Wisdom, founder of the seminal Batcave Club and singer of Specimen, who recently passed at age 63.

Thanks to Pete Kelley for contributing to this report.

Julz Sale of Delta 5

Oliver Sheppard

Oliver is a writer from Texas. Author of two collections of verse (Destruction: Text I and Thirteen Nocturnes), founder of the Wardance event night in Dallas as well as the Funeral Parade event night in Austin, Texas, and editor of the old website, Oliver has written for Bandcamp, Maximum Rock-n-Roll, CVLT Nation,, Souciant, and has dj'd for Killing Joke, Drab Majesty, and others.

Recent Posts

  • Bands

To Reign or to Serve — Los Angeles Artist Joyfriend Debuts Diabolical Industrial EBM Banger “Fall From Grace”

Your wings are clipped now…. and tortured lovers make good pets In Wim Wenders' brilliant film Wings of Desire, the…

6 hours ago
  • Album Streaming

Portland Shoegazers Kallai Release Gloomy, Reverb-Drenched Self-Titled Debut EP

Level blame on fad or syndrome She can't face her darkest fears You'll find joy and a new home They…

6 hours ago
  • Album Streaming

Listen to Boston Dystopian Dance Duo Ex-Hyena’s Latest Album, “A Kiss of the Mind”

While the city dreams tonight There's an energy tonight While the city dreams tonight we're a part of everything Through…

9 hours ago
  • Interviews

Emerald Leaves Shimmering in the Light of Dawn — An Interview with Alcest

It was five years ago that Alcest released their sixth studio album, Spiritual Instinct. The world then was a different…

10 hours ago
  • Album Streaming

NYC’s Peeking Through The Noise Release New EP “What Will Not Decay? — Plus Share Video for “Lightsake”

Oh body falling heavenly, land with me tonight In dust and frost eternally, glisten in the night Your time on…

10 hours ago
  • Bands

Death Disco Darlings Paper Foxes Debut Tenebrous New Single “The Gallows”

Bright lights and conversations. My mind, and this sensation. The hangman's gallows, a stark symbol in folklore, delves into the…

11 hours ago
Sticky Footer Banner with Close Button